A look at the greatest Gerard Pique quotes including his comments on football and the biggest stars of the game.
Gerard Pique is a Spanish professional player who is playing for Barcelona football club since 2008. Widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the history of the game, Pique started his career at Barcelona's famous academy, La Masia and stayed at the club until 2004 when he joined Alex Ferguson's Manchester United. In 2008, Pique returned toFC Barcelona
at the start of what would become the most successful era in the history of the club.
During his illustrated career so far, Pique has won every major trophy including 8 La Liga, 7 Copa del Rey and 4 Champions League titles. He was also a key member of the Spain team which won back-to-back European Championships (2008-2012) and the 2010 World Cup.
Pique has one of the best goal scoring records among defenders in the history of football. He has scored around 60 goals in over 700 matches. In the following article we present you with a complete collection ofGerard Pique
We present football fans with the
Best collection of Gerard Pique quotes
which includes his comments about his personality and career as well as his comments on other football stars.
Gerard Pique was born into a family of football fans from Barcelona, Spain. His grandfather, Amador Bernabeu, is a former vice-president of Barcelona. He joined Barcelona's academy at the age of ten and spent his childhood at La Masia.
Pique is a true family person and has a close relationship with his siblings and parents. He has been in a long-time relationship with the Colombian superstar singer,Shakira
since 2011. The couple share the same birthday, ten years apart, and have four children together. It is certainly interesting to know more about
Gerard Pique quotes
on his own childhood, personality and private life.
Shakira has a very great career, knows a lot, and has taught me a lot. She came into my life to transform it, and that makes me very happy.
It changes everything, absolutely everything. The love you feel for your child transforms everything. Now you have someone helpless and tiny that depends on you and only you. You look at him and know that your world is focused on him, on that part of you.
I am trying to live as natural as I can with my son.
I studied economics with some teachers from ESADE. It's a really good school here in Spain. They helped me to understand a little about numbers, stats, economics, etc.
My routine prior to a big game is the same for any other match. Eat, sleep, chat with teammates during the day, and then, as the match draws near, I listen to my music on the trip to the stadium and zone in.
Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp. I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca team-mates.
I love '80s music, but in the dressing room, it tends to be more lively!
I would prefer to keep my distance a bit from the cameras. I want to keep a private life.
I don't want to be in the public eye so much that you reach the point where everyone has an opinion about you.
It's true that sometimes we have paparazzi or some kind of photographers following us, but you have to live normal. I mean, if you try to not go to the supermarket or not go to the cinema, you won't live properly, and you won't enjoy living. We are trying to be as normal as we can.
When one is young, one can become distracted and overconfident.
The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don't want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult.
In the Franco era, we couldn't defend our ideas.
I am and feel Catalan.
I consider that, in a democracy, everyone has the right to decide. If people don't have the right to express what they feel, we would be going back to a bygone era.
It's essential to have equilibrium in your life.
When I can talk about my teammates who help make me a better player, or even the coach who gave me the self-confidence to continue being who I am, these are fundamental people who have had an influence throughout my life and my professional career, and I'm very thankful to them, and they know it.
You have to live your life day by day, enjoy what you're doing right now.
If you stop now and start to realise what you have achieved, then you start to relax, and you start to lose. I don't think about everything I have achieved. I will do it when I retire because then I will have a lot of days to remember.
I know that there are many people who are hoping that things don't go well for me.
You're not always at your best.
I always try to say what I'm thinking, what I'm feeling, and without fear of what others will say or think, and that's how I've always lived. Sometimes, this has ended up hurting me, and other times, it has helped me, but I think you can never forget who you are, and I've always been myself, and that one of the things I'm most proud of.
I'm not cut out to be a coach.
I want to be president of Barcelona - that's my dream.
There are stages in life in which you have to bring things to a close because of motivation.
Sometimes you're more involved in controversy, and at other times, you're disconnected.
I am privileged and very happy to be a professional sportsperson, but should that make people so angry?
It's a responsibility when you have won as much as I have done, as much as the teams I have played for have done: then the fans are waiting for more.
I like to stay busy. I have a lot of things on my mind.
I know words sometimes have consequences, but I try to choose the correct words every time.
Gerard Pique is known the most for his strength, tackling ability, good technique and passing. Pique has been praised for his leadership, athleticism, technical prowess, and his ability to excel both offensively and defensively, as well as his versatility. He has been a key member of the Spain national team and FC Barcelona in the past 13 years and has shown his strong personality in many key moments of his amazing career. The followings are the
top quotes by Gerard Pique
about football and his own playing style.
Evolution is all about looking forward.
In order to eliminate injustices and to ensure there would be less controversy, I would introduce technology that would make refereeing better.
With VAR, the refereeing errors will be reduced, and therefore, we'll all be on equal terms. It will take a lot of the responsibility from the referees on vital decisions, like penalties and goals, and they will make far fewer mistakes.
I would like to change the refereeing system. The pressure that is put on an official in a match is too large.
It is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their career.
I always think that the best players can fit in any team, no matter the style of the team.
Not everything, always, is about your performance. It's about the team performance. When the team is not playing well, then normally, you will not play well. It's all about the team.
Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical. You think this way; that guy thinks the opposite way. It is, like, nearly a fight, and feelings are very strong.
Football is a very passionate world.
Business is another kind of world that I don't think is as passionate. It is not the pressure to perform as you have in football. It is more about strategy, skill, about how you deal with all the information you have. Some of the things from football I can bring to business, and some things from business I can bring to football.
It seems like when I don't talk so much, people praise my performances more.
My style suits Barcelona's style of play.
In every generation, young football fans argue endlessly about who is the best player of the history of football. In our generation the debate is between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fans. Pique has played alongside Messi and against Ronaldo many times during his career at FC Barcelona. He has praised both of them in his interviews. However, He believes Messi is an-together better player than Ronaldo. He has said many times that he sees Messi as the best player in the history of football. Here are Gerard Pique quotes on Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
As a teammate, Cristiano Ronaldo is a perfect '10.' I admire him professionally because he sets an example to follow both as a player and as a person.
I always said that Messi has some talent that no one has. I mean, he has the ball and his speed controlling the ball. The ball doesn't go two metres far from his foot; it's always there. It's impossible to catch him. This talent I didn't see from anyone.
Messi often has a crowd of opponents around him, but with Neymar on the pitch, too, at least two of those opposition players will have to be aware of him.
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.
Every year, Messi seems to reach his limit, but he always ends up exceeding that. He is the best.
Besides what he does on the field, one must thank Messi's human quality.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not changed since we were both at Manchester United.
, we're talking about the best player in the world. It doesn't matter if he's a little bit injured: he can still change everything.
Leo simply goes one way with his body and another with the ball. You have to either guess right or foul him.
It doesn't matter where Messi plays, if it's cold or hot, he always proves that he's the best.
He is an example of a La Masia player. Technically he is unbelievable.
I couldn't tell you what's going to happen with him. I think in recent months he looks happier. That's important. He impacts the team because he is the captain and influences the whole team. The club is doing very well and much of it is because of him. Messi has been with us in the team for several years. We know him well, and we will support his decision. We should be grateful for what he has done.
(On Messi's contract extension controversy in 2020)
In this part of the article we present you with the top quotes by Gerard Pique about other football great stars and teams, including his comments on Sergio Ramos, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas.
On Cesc Fabregas:
We have been very good friends since we were very young so it will be a great feeling to play against him in a match that is like a final for both teams. Cesc has always shown a lot of talent and is a genius with the ball
Messi often has a crowd of opponents around him, but withNeymar
on the pitch, too, at least two of those opposition players will have to be aware of him.
Players like Neymar are great for football.
You try to do the best for your club, and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar, my relationship is really strong.
You try to do the best for your club, and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar, my relationship is really strong, even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend, I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what.
On Jurgen Klopp:
I thinkJurgen Klopp
is doing a great job at Liveprool. The style of play is the opposite of Guardiola.
On Alvaro Arbeloa:
Arbeloa said he was my friend, but I don't consider him my friend - maybe someone I know, but not my friend.
On Luis Enrique:
Luis Enrique has a clear idea, and the team has understood it perfectly. He asks us to press high up the pitch, to counter quickly when the opposition attacks and try to maximise the space between the lines with the speed we have.
On Sergio Ramos:
My relationship with Ramos started off somewhat 'cold.'
The majority of Espanyol supporters are polite, but there are always rowdy minorities.
They call themselves the 'marvelous minority,' and they're in such a minority that they can't even fill their ground. Let's see whether they manage to fill it for the return leg, because the other day it wasn't full.
On Real Madrid:
are such an immense team - a big, big club.
On The Champions League:
When you're in the semi-finals of the Champions League, you need to be really good and need a little bit of luck.
We wrap up our article on Gerard Pique quotes with a look at the
best Gerard Pique quotes
about his club career at Manchester United and FC Barcelona, as well as his international career with Spain.
Being called up to the national team is about going with them, playing the best you possibly can, and trying to win. That's how I understand it.
I have always said that to play for the national team is a pride and a great motivation.
Being called up to the national team isn't a competition of who's more patriotic.
For me, coming to the national team is like coming home.
I'm very proud of all the career I've had with the national team.
On his time atManchester United
I moved to Manchester United when I was a 17-year-old kid. Nemanja Vidic was five years older than me and Rio Ferdinand nearly nine years, and at the time, they were the best central defenders in the world. They never had a bad game.
I was 17 years old and missed many things about Barcelona, particularly the food. Fortunately, Sir Alex Ferguson realised my situation and helped me to grow. For me, the gaffer was like a second father.
I arrived when I was a kid; I was just 17. I would have liked to have played more, but I learned a lot in Manchester.
I learned so much during my time at United. Sharing a dressing room with Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Ryan Giggs at such a young age was an amazing experience. I didn't play as much as I would have liked, but it was a master's degree in development both as a player and a person.
I am proud to have been part of a Sir Alex Ferguson team. I am very proud of my three years there, of having decided to go to Manchester first - at 17, it was the perfect time for me to leave home because it helped make me as a person.
In England, there are big games but nothing like the Clasico. Manchester United versus Liverpool is a really great match, probably the best over there. But Barcelona-Madrid is different to any other game in the world.
We have to enjoy ourselves and go for every trophy we can.
The rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona is very big.
I've done most of my career with Barca, with the exception of the period I played for Manchester United.
I think, for Catalonia, FC Barcelona means a lot because it is one of the top clubs in the world, and that means that it's a way to show what Catalonia is in the world.
I think the Catalonian people really identify with Barcelona - the fans are really proud of the team and the club.
When you're playing for a great team like Madrid, with a lot of pressure because you have to win every game, it's a difficult life.
In a match between Barca and Madrid, there are no favourites. It does not matter how they have been faring.
I think when people say Madrid are playing well and Barca are not and vice-versa, or when one wins the Champions League, it's better than the other, I don't think that makes sense. Everyone takes their own path.
I can't stand comparisons to the past. It doesn't matter what we did in previous seasons.
I don't associate this sport with anything except Barcelona.
Barcelona is my life, and I do not plan to leave.
I think that every day, more and more people are conscious of what Barca is, that Barca is a global brand, and you can go anywhere in the world and see a child wearing a Barca shirt, and that means a lot: not just that people like Barca but that they also like the colours and even buy the shirt.
In the end, being at a club like FC Barcelona who must win titles, you have to stay motivated, and often times, using your head is more important than using your body.
I've never seen a Barca without control of the game. I've never seen a Barca that doesn't have the ball and lets the opposition attack all the time.
Anything can happen in the Clasico.
Come on lads, let's celebrate! Madrid can f**k themselves. Let them see us turn this round!
We want the best players to be at Barcelona.
We try to study our rivals so we know where to improve.
To have the chance to win the treble is very good and rare.
There comes a point when you realise that you're storming forward, that you can beat anyone, and this is what has ended up winning us the league and putting us in two finals.
I'll retire at Barca. I don't know when - the older I am, the better. I'm sure about that; I can't see myself wearing any other shirt.
I hope to keep being competitive until I retire, and I hope that's here. It's Barca or nothing.
At Barcelona, we didn't do gym work until the age of 18. That was really hard.
Experience says it's not easy to find a center back for Barca.
I have not betrayed Barca, and I'm surprised anyone would doubt my commitment to Barcelona, because I've been a fan since birth.
We feel devastated, although shame is the real word I'm looking for. We cannot afford to compete like this because it's not the first, the second or the third time that something like this has happened.
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