PIQUÉ ENJOYING LIFE
Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique has said that he is enjoying life at the Catalan club. Piqué is the rare central defender who has the chance to become a breakout global sports star. He’s good at what he does. He wins. He even scores a few goals. And away from the field he’s a handsome guy who gives interesting interviews in Spanish, Catalan and, yes, English, as I found out when we spoke for half an hour on Tuesday.
PIQUE DENIES RIFT
Gerard pique has denied that there is a rift between him and Daniel Alves. The duo appeared to become involved in a heated exchange which continued for a spell, with the Brazilian in particular unhappy with the Spanish international, and he appeared to let him know his opinion.
Addressing the media afterwards, the full-back said that the pair had already resolved their differences and that the incident had been forgotten.
He commented: “Pique and I have already solved it, our pulses were running too high, but in the end nothing happened.
PIQUE IN TEAM OF THE YEAR
Gerard Piqué has made it into the team of the year 2010 after an impressive season. Barcelona players keep getting individual accolades. David Villa was named Male Sportsman of the Year by USSA and now five of his teammates have been selected in L’Équipe (a reputed French newspaper) team of the year: four world champions with Spain, and Lionel Messi – the most talented player of the current generation of footballers.
MALDINI PRAISES PIQUE
AC Milan legend Maldini has said that Barcelona defender Gerrard Pique is the best in world. Interviewed in L’Equipe, the 41-year-old was particularly expansive about his views on football a year after his retirement from the professional game.
“When I see Messi play, in my opinion, he should win the Ballon d’Or every year. He is an unbelievable player.
“I like Gerrard Pique a lot. He has class. He knows how to defend and also how to score. He is perfect in a duo with Carles Puyol.
PIQUE DOES NOT WANT COMPARISON
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists it’s ‘absurd’ to compare Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi. The central defender has remarked that the difference between the duo is so great that there isn’t even any point in discussing the matter.
“Right now, there is so much difference, and [Messi] has shown each day that there does not have to be any debate. Sometimes the debates are so absurd that it seems impossible that they even arise,” he said, as quoted by AS at the launch of his book in Barcelona city centre.
PIQUE HAS CONFIDENCE IN CESC
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is convinced Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas will sign for his club one day. Pique, who was one of a group of Spain players to force Fabregas to wear a Barca shirt during their World Cup celebrations in July, believes his friend will play for the club sooner or later.
“Cesc will one day sign for Barca,” he said.
Pique also waded into the debate about the size of Barcelona’s squad, which was criticised after it was shorn of several first-team players for the 3-1 Supercopa defeat to Sevilla.
Pique: Fabregas will Come
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is convinced Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas will sign for his club one day.
The Catalan club chased the Gunners skipper all summer but the North Londoners refused to budge and the Liga champions admitted defeat – for this season at least.
Pique, who was one of a group of Spain players to force Fabregas to wear a Barca shirt during their World Cup celebrations in July, believes his friend will play for the club sooner or later.
“Cesc will one day sign for Barca,” he said.
Pique Happy with Win
Barcelona stopper Gerard Pique insists that the club felt it was necessary to overcome Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup in order to highlight their desire to win a clean sweep of titles this season.
The Spanish defender was part of the side that obliterated Sevilla 4-0 and retained their Supercopa crown in front of their own fans.
Speaking in the wake of the resounding win, the former Manchester United defender said that the win was a statement of what is to come from Barcelona this season.
Pique Praises Sir Alex
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has declared that Sir Alex Ferguson became “a second father” to him during his time in English football with Manchester United.
The Spanish international spent three years in the Premier League before Barca lured him back to the club in 2008, and the cultured stopper has not looked back since.
However, AS reports that in an interview with the English press, Pique admitted that his time with the Red Devils was difficult, and he relied on Ferguson as a mentor.