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Name Gerard Pique
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
Desc Over a decade at the heart of Barcelona’s defence and undoubtedly one of the game’s greatest ball-playing centre-backs, the Spaniard has won everything on offer: eight LaLiga titles, three Champions Leagues, countless cups as well as being a leader in both World Cup and European Championship successes

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2013 09 14 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique on Barcelona’s tactics] We’ve had a number of years with homegrown coaches, first Pep and then Tito. We occasionally tended to exaggerate our possession-based style of play to the point where we were slaves of our own philosophy. Now we have Tata as our coach, who has the same football philosophy but also has other alternatives, and that is a very positive thing in my opinion. If you are under pressure, there’s nothing wrong with a long ball every now and then. That changes the game and could give you some rest and oxygen. You have to keep improving and developing in football or you will become predictable

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique on Paul Scholes] One of the best players I’ve ever seen in my life. Spectacular in training. Playing with him was a joy

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique, whose grandfather was a former Barcelona director, on an embarrassing first meeting with the Dutch coach] I was 13, 14. [Louis van Gaal] was coming over for a meal, and he was the Barça manager for God’s sake! I thought to myself, ‘In 3 or 4 years I’d like to play for them’, and I wanted to impress him. But he brushed me aside and I fell over. I felt devastated. I didn’t say a damn word for the rest of the meal

2014 03 08 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique’s open letter to departing Barcelona captain Carles Puyol] I met you almost six years ago. You were the captain and the symbol of the team and I was a youngster eager to conquer the world. From the first day we had a great relationship, both on and off the pitch. At your side, I felt protected, I knew that if I failed one day, you would be there to save me. You are my guardian angel. I want you to know that I will miss our chats in the dressing-room, your advice and, above all, your scolding on the pitch. You are unique and one of a kind. I have to laugh when they talk about signing the new Puyol - they can keep on looking, because they never will find him

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on his original move from the Spanish club to Manchester United] The first few months, staying with an English family without my friends and family, were tough. Coming to terms with not playing, and spending day after day without sun, as well as the different food and being all alone, made me mature. Eating an evening meal at 6pm was really strange; in Spain it’s at 10pm. [FFT: Did you try beans on toast?] Yeah, I did, and fish and chips. I can’t say I liked either too much.

2015 12 21 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] Neymar is the best one-on-one. He is unstoppable. You have Leo Messi who is the most complete player in the world-he can attack, defend, he can head the ball even though he is small. And then you have Luis Suarez and his first touch in the box is fantastic

2015 12 22 Retrieve

[on Messi, Suarez, and Neymar] I have never seen a trio like it. Being a footballer always goes hand in hand with a certain amount of egotism, but those three really do have a special relationship. They get on superbly. There’s no hint of jealousy and that shows on the pitch

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] Now the position of the centre-back is not just about defending or being nasty or tough. It’s about knowing how to play football, control the ball, pass and be more comfortable in possession. This is something that 10 years ago [in England] they didn’t understand. Rio was the first one who did it

2016 02 27 Tweet

[Gerard Pique welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, to Barcelona] Happy to see you again Priscilla and Mark. Hope you have had a great time in Barcelona!

2016 04 09 Retrieve

[Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on the difference between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo] For me it’s like Messi is not human but Cristiano is the best of the humans

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique on team-mate Neymar] He has proved he is one of the best players by scoring the decisive penalty. It’s not been easy [for Neymar] because to be there [Brazil] meant there was a lot of pressure to win, even though he’s accustomed to that

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique says he will be mourning when Lionel Messi leaves Barcelona] He has been completely unique … the day he leaves will be like the day your father dies, and that will be hard. We talk about Leo now, but one day he won’t be here and we will be naked, but we will have to start again to keep being competitive. There won’t be more Messis and we don’t expect there to be more, as there won’t be another generation in La Masia like the one with Xavi, Busi, Puyol, Iniesta and me. Let’s hope there can be, but I don’t think it will happen again

2016 10 22 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique reveals he was close to quitting football after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil] Motivation is everything. I was close to quitting Spain, quitting Barca, and just walking away. You have enough money to live the rest of your life. After the 2014 World Cup, I didn’t have any passion. I spoke with several coaches and decided to keep going. Maybe it was because I won everything at a young age. Then they spoke about Luis Enrique coming, bringing in some fresh air, trying to get back as one of the best teams in the world. I wanted to be a part of it, and now I’m at the peak of my career, having fun

2017 03 09 Retrieve

[Quotes on Didier Drogba] Drogba – one of the best strikers I have seen. He had everything. Pace, really strong, good in the air – he was amazing

2017 07 15 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique will retire after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia] I have won the World Cup and the European Championship with Spain, we have made history. I will try to win it [the World Cup] again, but after that, I will retire from the Spanish national team. We have a new coach, Julen Lopetegui, he is doing a great job, he is demonstrating his character and we are playing great football. We are confident that he will play a great role in the tournament

2017 08 05 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique posts a farewell message to Neymar] [What you have achieved at Barça] will remain forever. Players like you make this club and its history greater

2017 08 19 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique admits the club has some catching up to do in order to match rivals Real Madrid] We’re not having our best time as a team or a club. We should be as close to each other as possible and paddle forward. The season’s very long and there’s room for improvement. Still, in the nine years I’ve been here, it’s the first time I feel inferior to Madrid

2018 03 24 Retrieve

In the end, football is a long trip. You win. You lose. You embarrass yourself. You make mistakes. You laugh, you cry. You do dumb things to pass the time. Maybe you and your teammates even set an assistant coach’s motorcycle on fire (before buying him a brand new one, of course … I’ll leave that story for another time!) Hopefully, you grow from a boy to a man. This is what makes sports beautiful, for me. It’s all just one long story

2018 09 25 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique on Thiago Alcantara when the youngster, drafted into the first team by Pep as an 18-year-old in 2009] He looks very calm and did a great job

2019 03 30 Retrieve

[Pique then shared some insight on what Lionel Messi’s like off the pitch] Messi has very ironic humour, he’s one of the biggest trolls [I know]

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] In training it’s unbelievable. He has got that instinct that means when there are two or three rebounds in the box, the ball will always end up at his feet and he’ll score

2016 09 15 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] He is a different style of player for us. We have Andres Iniesta and Xavi and they are sweet players and you can enjoy watching them on the ball, it’s easy on the eye. Not with Suarez. He fights and scraps for the ball and finally gets the goal. In training you see that ultra-competitive streak. You can kick him and he just never goes down. You pull his shirt and he still goes towards the goal. It’s true that he had a reputation in England (for diving) but you fall once in the Premier League and it sticks. I have found him to be a very fair player

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] I don’t care if he bites. I don’t care if he’s bitten before. He knows it’s not the correct way to behave but as a player he is in the top three or five strikers in the world so I am really happy to have him in my team

2019 10 12 Retrieve

Having people against me motivates me more because the better you play, then the more it annoys them. My last period with the national team had my best years, I came away more motivated than ever

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique shared his phone number on Thursday night as he wanted to interact with fans as part of the promotion of the Davis Cup] Thanks for respecting me, I know it’s difficult as a Real Madrid fan. It’s really exciting to speak with you

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[A 1-0 defeat to Athletic saw Barcelona knocked out of the Copa in the quarter-finals. The setback followed criticism from director of football Eric Abidal] It’s not time to air the dirty washing. The dressing room is fully united. Elimination is a big blow but we said in the dressing room that we’ve taken a step forward and played well, despite all the noise that’s been generated

We have to focus on playing and winning. We have to return to winning ways. The players have the ability to keep winning and we are working on that every day, finding a better feel for the game. There is enough confidence and talent to be able to win the two remaining titles

2020 02 24 Retrieve

[Pique: I would pick Messi over Maradona because of his consistency] Maradona was a unique player in the history of football, he went through Barca and Napoli, he will be remembered forever. But if you ask me to choose between Leo or Diego, I would say Messi because of his consistency and the magic he produces on a daily basis

The result of tomorrow’s game will somehow influence the Clasico. If we want peace of mind, we have to win and keep winning and play well

We will never forget Roma and Liverpool, but from the big defeats you can get positive things and look to the future, with that experience we will know how to face everything that comes, things we have learned. We fear many things about Napoli, they have improved in recent weeks, they have very good players like [Dries] Mertens and [Lorenzo] Insigne. They will cause us trouble if we don’t go out with the right mindset

2020 02 25 Retrieve

[Pique unsure of Messi future] You can never say never in football, but I guess that is complicated. You should ask him as he decides his future. I would like him to retire with us. I can’t tell you more

We just try to be focused on our task as for this club in the last few years it has been massive what happens on the pitch. Just the results have been holding back the entire club, so we know how important it is [to get results]. The responsibility we have as Barcelona players to try to keep winning on the pitch. If not, there will be troubled water

It is the first time Barca comes to Napoli to play at such a historic stadium. A football player always want to live new experiences, so coming here is one of them. Regarding Napoli, they have improved a lot lately. They did not start well this season but have improved a lot lately. It will be a very difficult one. They have beaten Juventus and they beat Liverpool at the group stage. They raise their level against the big teams, so we will have to be very concentrated in order not to get badly surprised

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Barcelona kick-off El Clasico leading a very ordinary title race] We are trying to do our jobs and the important thing at this club has been the results. In the last few years results have sustained the club. We know the responsibility we have, we know that the water is not calm if there aren’t good results

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique believes Barcelona lost to the ‘worst Real Madrid he has faced at the Bernabeu] Real Madrid in the first half was the worst Madrid I’ve faced at the Bernabeu. We missed a chance to hurt them. We have to play better than in second half, though, we lost balls and they grew in confidence

[When asked if he was bothered by losing to this standard of Real team] Yes, they were giving off the worst possible impression and I don’t say it as a criticism. We all have problems in our clubs. But I have the feeling that it’s an important missed opportunity [for Barcelona]

[Real now move one point ahead of Barcelona in the league standings] We still have a margin of improvement and it is enough for us to win La Liga if we do things well until the end of the season - but we have to do them well. Whenever you lose [at the Bernabeu], you get hurt. Because of the importance of the game, the points […] If we won, it was an important step. We have to focus on improving, especially on our second half performance

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Gerard Pique has defended Barcelona assistant Eder Sarabia for his foul-mouthed rant in El Clasico] The assistant coach is full of adrenaline and intensity which manifested itself in this way at the Bernabeu, but it is all completely normal for us. All the players discussed it in the dressing room. The boss apologised and we told him that nothing had come from us; if anything it [the controversy] related to the image of the club. What’s more, we like that there’s intensity in the dugout and they are living [the game] too. When the club is weak, these types of things come up. A few weeks ago, the talk was about the players not having a huddle before the game because of the change of coach, then it was the warm-up was different. It’s the same thing. It’s another story that happens after a defeat and you always have to go out and deny it. [Sarabia’s behaviour] is completely normal

We knew it was going to be very tough because we are coming from the defeat at the Bernabeu and they are having an exceptional season and they’ve reached the final of the Copa. It wasn’t going to be easy; they play good football, we try to, and the game was decided by the small details. Some hands inside the penalty area have given us the three very important points that are going to help us fight for the title

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Barcelona star Pique believes June 12 is too soon for La Liga return] I would like it [the season resuming] to be June 12, but it will depend on the numbers. In the end it will be up to the health authorities. They explain what can be done. We do not rush, we are not the ones who decide the phases. I understand La Liga’s interest in finishing the season because there’s a lot at stake. Despite being leaders, it would be quite ugly to win [the league] that way. I have heard Javier talk about playing again on the 12th …. We’ve spent a lot of time out of action and we have to keep in mind we need to be well prepared to avoid the risk of injuries. If I can contribute my opinion, a few more days wouldn’t hurt us. They’ve kept us very well informed, Javier Tebas has dedicated many hours to it. There are people who are scared and it’s important that everyone follows the protocol to the finest detail. It’s better training as a group but we have to adapt

I didn’t have any contact with Messi on the pitch, I only spoke to him on my mobile phone. I didn’t see him train either, I just crossed him in the parking lot. All the footballers we train in different fields. I am with Sergi Roberto and [Sergio] Busquets in a field, but we are separated

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said that Tebas’ proposal of June 12 could be a little too soon] I have heard Javier talk about playing again on the 12th …. We’ve spent a lot of time out of action and we have to keep in mind we need to be well prepared to avoid the risk of injuries. If I can contribute my opinion, a few more days wouldn’t hurt us

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[League chief Javier Tebas keen that the top tiers of Spanish football should be back in action on June 12] I understand La Liga’s interest in finishing the season because there’s a lot at stake. Despite being leaders, it would be quite ugly to win [the league] that way. I have heard Javier talk about playing again on the 12th. We’ve spent a lot of time out of action and we have to keep in mind we need to be well prepared to avoid the risk of injuries. If I can contribute my opinion, a few more days wouldn’t hurt us

2020 06 19 Retrieve

[Pique is right: Barcelona are inferior to Real Madrid again] It doesn’t depend only on our results anymore. It will be difficult to win this league. We will do everything we can. But from what I’ve seen in recent weeks, it would be a surprise if Real Madrid drop points

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[VAR rules to swing La Liga title race in Madrid’s favour] It will be difficult to win this league. We will do everything we can. But from what I’ve seen in recent weeks, it would be a surprise if Real Madrid drop points