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Name Gerard Pique
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer

Affiliation

Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

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

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 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]

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