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A detailed look at Riqui Puig biography including his general information, life story, style of play and career statistics.

Riqui Puig is a professional player who is currently playing as a central midfield for

Barcelona

Football club. He is widely regarded as one of the most promising talents of the football world.

Puig has had a very interesting career twist in the past two years. After moving to Barcelona's first team during by Ernesto Valverde during the 2018-19 season, Puig put on some great performances and forced his way into the first team. He was used mostly as a substitute for Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien during the 2019-20 season.

Puig played 12 games in La Liga and had a dream start to his professional career at Barcelona. However, Barcelona's situation was not as dreamy as Riqui Puig's career start. They lost the Spanish Super Cup, had their coach sacked and replaced by Setien and lost their form during the three months of suspension of football because of Covid-19 pandemic.

The Catalans surrendered their lead at the top of the La Liga table after the restart of the football and handed down the title to 

Real Madrid

, before suffering a humiliating 8-2 defeat against eventual winners, Bayern Munich at the UEFA Champions League.

Puig's situation at Barcelona seemed to be on the right track with the Arrival of Ronald Koeman at the beginning of the 20-21 season. However Koeman announced that Puig is not in his plans and advised him to go on loan to another club. Puig refused and stayed at the club, aiming to impress Barcelona's new manager and prolong his stay at the club. Stay tuned to read more about 

Riqui Puig nationality

, biography and professional life.

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Riqui Puig Bio

  • Full Name:

    Ricard Puig Marti

  • Nickname:

    Riquiniesta and the bee

  • Profession:

    Professional Footballer

Riqui Puig Physical Stats

  • Weight:

    63 Kg

  • Height:

    1.69 m (5 ft. 6 in)

  • Eye Color:

    Brown

  • Hair Color:

     light Brown

Riqui Puig Football Information

  • Position:

    Midfield

  • Jersey Number:

     12 at FC Barcelona

  • Professional Debut:

    2017

Riqui Puig Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth:

    13 August 1999

  • Birth Place:

    Matadepera, Spain

  • Zodiac Sign:

    Leo

  • Nationality:

    Spanish

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Riqui Puig Early Life

In this section of our article about

Riqui Puig biography

we will present you with the most interesting facts about

Riqui Puig childhood

and family background as well as his where he took his first steps as an amateur footballer.

Riqui Puig date of birth

is at 13th of August 1999. It is also interesting that Riqui Puig shares his birthday with former

Tottenham

star, Allen Shearer and their current midfielder, Lukas Moura who are both born on the 13th of August.

Puig was born in Matadepera, which is a small village outside of Terrassa. What's interesting about his home town is that it is the same town Xavi Hernandez grew up in. Puig even met Xavi when he was a kid. There is picture of Barcelona's legendary midfielder while hugging Riqui and his brother, although it is not clear what brought Xavi to Puig family.

Puig also met and took a pictures with Lionel Messi at the time he was a player at Barcelona's academy. But although he had the pleasure of meeting two of Barcelona's biggest stars, his footballing idol was another Barcelona great midfielder,

Andres Iniesta

. He watched Iniesta's style of playing football for hours as a kid and it surely affected his own style as he has been compared to Iniesta by fans and media.

Riqui Puig grew up in a football loving family. His father was a professional footballer himself and used to take both of his sons to Barcelona games.

“I came to the Camp Nou to visit Barca's games since I was three years of age. I have been a Barca fan my whole life."

Considering his family background in football, it is not surprising that Riqui Puig's parents fully supported him at the start of his footballing career.

Riqui Puig started his football journey at the age of 6 by joining his hometown club's academy, Jabac Terrassa. Puig spent the next six years at the academy until he was signed up by Barcelona in 2013. He progressed through the academy ranks until 2017 when he was promoted to Barcelona's senior team and started his professional career.

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Riqui Puig Profile

In This part of the article, we will concentrate on Riqui Puig profile which includes Riqui Puig style of play, goal celebration and the reception he has got from media, fans and his colleagues.

Promotion to Barcelona's senior team

Riqui Puig made his professional debut for Barcelona's senior side in the 2017-2018 season. He played 55 minutes in Barcelona's

Copa del Rey

match against Cultural Leonesa, which The Catalans won by four goals to one. Puig had a memorable debut after assisting Denis Suarez's goal through a chipped pass into the box. He expressed his joy in the post-match interview:

“I always try to do my best, today my hands trembled a little bit, but I tried to do my best with a smile and joy. I try to play with great elegance and joy because that’s what characterizes me.”

Puig played only 3 games in his first season with Barcelona, although none of them were La Liga games. Puig received a medal as Barcelona won the La Liga title ahead of Real Madrid.

2018: Signing a new contract despite strong interest from Tottenham

Puig's excellent performances for Barcelona in his debut season caught the eyes of many big European clubs. In 2018, Tottenham came very close on signing the talented midfielder. Tottenham's coach at the time, Mauricio Pochetino wanted to freshen up his team midfield line, and bringing in young talents likes Puig could guarantee Tottenham's squad for the upcoming years.

Puig eventually decided to sign a new contact with Barcelona, which would keep him at his beloved club for another three seasons. Barcelona tried to prevent a similar situation and contained a £89 million release clause.

2019-20 season: Becoming a regular substitute

Puig situations at Barcelona improved in the 2019-20 season. He made his

La Liga

debut on 13th of April 2019, against Huesca. He started the game and played 67 minutes in a 0–0 draw. During the season, Puig was playing for Barcelona B and senior sides at the same time. He scored his first senior goal for Barcelona senior side in September of 2019, in a 2–2 home draw against AE Prat.

Puig played a total of 12 games across all competitions for Barcelona. He was specially praised for his performance in the game against AC Milan.

2020-21 season: Controversial relationship with Ronald Koeman

At the beginning of the 20-21 season Barcelona's former legendary defender was appointed as the new coach. Many expected Puig to get more playing time under Koeman, especially because the Dutch manager is known for his good relationship with young players. Contrary to everyone's expectations, Ronald Koeman announced that Riqui Puig will have a better future if he leaves Barcelona.

Koeman's decision regarding Puig's future was criticized heavily by Barcelona fans, who consider Puig as one of the most talented La Masia graduates. Puig eventually announced that he will not leave his boyhood club and that he wishes to fight for his place.

It was rumored that Koeman was angry at Puig after he told the reporters about their confidential meeting. An accusation Puig said is untrue.

“Sometimes things that are not true are leaked and taken from sites that do not quite tell the whole truth either. He told me that he trusts me and that he would give me minutes.”

Puig has found little playing time in the first half of the season, but has been performing well every time he was on the pitch. He has played only 7 games across all competitions so far into the 20-21 season. However, the youngster has been amazing in those games.

Two of his best games so far this season have been the 3-0 home loss against Juventus at the UCL group stage in which Puig played 25 minutes and provided many key passes. His performance was acclaimed by media and resulted in more criticism toward Koeman.

Amazing performance against Real Sociedad

Puig was sensational against

Real Sociedad

, at the Spanish Super Cup semi-final. He replaced Pedri Gonzalez after the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw after regular time. Puig showed nerves of steel by scoring the fifth and winning penalty for Barcelona. Koeman praised his confidence in the post-match press conference, revealing that Puig himself volunteered for the decisive fifth penalty.

Puig also expressed his joy in an interview after the match and sent a well-measured message to Ronald Koeman by saying:

"Ronald named four players to shoot the penalties. I asked for the fifth one. I'm very happy to have scored the last penalty. I offered myself to do it. I shot with great conviction, you have to believe in yourself. I never lose the desire to be in the first team and I will continue to fight for it."

"I have never lost my smile. I am a happy kid. Even if I am not playing, I have my family, my health. If Ronald gives me minutes, I will try & take my chance; if not, keep working hard. I am never going to throw in the towel."

As of 15 of January 2021, Riqui Puig has played 78 games for Barcelona's youth and first teams. He has scored 2 goals.

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Style of Play

Riqui Puig

is a talented midfielder known best for his vision, dribbling and passing abilities. He carries the ball into the final third quite frequently and also gets into good shooting and goal-scoring positions. His dribbling numbers are quite good too.

Puig is a Barcelona prototype player in every possible way. His confidence on and off the ball, passing mastery and awareness of his surroundings are exactly the traits that the Catalans pride themselves on.

Puig’s small frame makes him agile and extremely hard to pin down. He is always on the move, picking up pockets of space on the pitch.

Riqui Puig's main position on the field is Central midfielder. During his career he has played 81 games as the central midfielder. He has also played 5 games as an attacking midfielder and 2 games as a winger.

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Reception

Puig has been praised for his amazing ball control and his ability to send the final pass behind the opposition's defensive line. Puig is a diminutive midfield and many big clubs are eager to secure his services. Here are some of quotes on Riqui Puig from great football figures:

 “

Riqui is a great player. All of the youngsters will have their chance

,” Quique Setien

Riqui is spectacular. Even though they [Barca] have players that look like kids, the way they handle the ball amazes me. It’s the beauty of football. It’s like poetry

." Gennaro Gattuso

"

He plays with real personality, always with his head up. We could be looking at the new Iniesta

.” Daniele Massaro.

"

Riqui Puig can become like Iniesta, for example, if coaches trust him. I know that comparing him with Andres are big words but such a player could cost a fortune in today's market. I'm sure Riqui has what it takes to succeed, he just has to have the right attitude and keep improving.

"

Cesc Fabregas

Even the best players in the history of football have faced criticism from their coaches and fans at some parts of their career. In the case of Riqui Puig, he was criticized the most because of his lack of physicality which results in lack of defensive qualities.

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Goal Celebration

Goal celebration is one of the most important aspects of every player's career. Some footballers tend to change their goal celebration every now and then, while some others are known to have a signature goal celebration.

The general rule is that Footballers use the chance of celebrating goals to send messages that are important to them. For some, it is only a chance to show some fun gestures. Others celebrate their goals with messages to their loved ones, and then there are those who celebrate their goals by sending societal and political messages to the society.

Riqui Puig is among those few footballers who do not care much about the way they celebrate their goals. He has not scored yet for Barcelona's senior side in open play. However he had a very memorable celebration after scoring Barcelona's winning penalty against Real Sociedad in the

Spanish Super Cup

semi-final.

Puig shouted with joy and kissed Barcelona's logo on his shirt to once again express his love for his boyhood club. His celebration was interesting especially since he decided to stay at Barcelona despite Koeman's advice at the start of the season that he will have a better chance of playing regularly if he leaves the club on loan.

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Riqui Puig outside football

Now is the time to know more about Riqui Puig life outside of football. What are his hobbies outside football? How does he like to spend his free time and what are his favorites in the field of art? Riqui Puig favorite activities outside football are exercising, playing video games and spending time with his wife and immediate family.

Riqui Puig is regularly very active on social media. His Instagram account is

@riquipuig

. He has around 2.2 million followers on Instagram.

Puig is crazy about video games. His favorite games are FIFA and the War Zone. Riqui Puig's rating in the latest version of the game (FIFA 21) is 75, He is Right-footed and has a 3-star skill moves rating.

Riqui Puig is also passionate about cars and his favorite brand is Jeep. He once toured the Grand Canyon with his Jeep, Accompanied by his girlfriend, Charlot.

Riqui Puig has a wired breakfast routine as he once revealed in an interview that he always has “a ham sandwich and juice” for breakfast.

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Riqui Puig Personal Life

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Family, Children and Relationships

Riqui Puig was born into a family of footballers. His father, Carlos Puig, was a professional footballer who played the entire of his career as a left-back at Terrassa FC. Riqui Puig's mother, Lali Martí is a house wife. Riqui is the second child of his parents. He has an older brother, Ton who is not active in the field of sports.

Riqui Puig first public girlfriend was Charlot. Riqui started dating his future wife when they both were teenagers. The couple decided to get married in 2018 and celebrated their marriage in a private ceremony a year later. The couple have kept a low profile and rarely shares pictures of themselves on their social accounts. They do not have a child together yet.

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Philanthropy

It is really interesting to know if Riqui Puig has had any background in humanitarian work and philanthropy.

Riqui Puig religion

is Christianity. He is a Catholic by birth. There are no records of him being involved in a notable charity event except the one time he played in a charity game for Barcelona against

Cartagena

, which Barcelona won by two goals. Puig provided an assist for the game's opening goal.

Legal Issues

While some footballers have certainly gotten into legal disputes with various people and organizations, Riqui Puig has had no legal disputes throughout his life.

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Riqui Puig life story

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Riqui Puig Career Statistics

In this section, we want to take a look at Riqui Puig career statistics both on the club and international level.

Club

Overall, Riqui Puig has played 88 Games for two teams (Barcelona B and Senior teams) during his club career. He has registered 5 goals and 16 assists to his name.

Riqui Puig best season individually was the 2018-19 Season in which he played 12 games for Barcelona's senior side.

International

On the international, Riqui Puig career stats shows that he has played a total of 3 games for

Spain U-21

side. Riqui Puig is yet to earn a call to Spain national team, but given the quality of his performances for Barcelona he hopes to make Spain's final squad for the upcoming European Championship.

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Riqui Puig Honors

We rap up our article on

Riqui Puig biography

with a look at his honors and achievements.

During his career, Riqui Puig has won a total of 2 collective and individual awards. Puig won the 2017-18 UEFA Youth League with Barcelona B and the 2018-19 La Liga title with Barcelona's senior side.

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