A product of the famed Barcelona La Masia Academy, Gerard Pique is part of the Golden generation of Spanish football players who have stepped up to the global scene and won practically all laurels on offer. Pique is a center back playing his club football for Spanish Giants Barcelona.
It is not often that you find a modern-day footballer born into opulence, the regular narrative is that of rags to riches. But Gerard Pique is easily an exception in this regard. Gerard was born on the 2nd of February 1987. His father Joan Pique is a successful businessman and attorney while his grandfather Amador Bernabeu was a former FC Barcelona Vice President. His mum Montserrat, is a medical Doctor and Director of a Health Facility in Barcelona that specializes in spinal injuries.
Pique was barely two years old when he had his first football injury, as a toddler he fell of the terrace of his grandparents home playing football. The young Gerard slipped into a coma for two days but luckily recovered with no health complications.
In 1997, at the age of 10, Gerard joined Barcelona’s Youth Team playing as a defensive midfielder and Central Defender. After successfully going through all the age categories at La Masia, In 2004, Pique joined English Premier League Club Manchester United.
Used sparingly as a bit-part player, his breakthrough into the Manchester United first team was a long shot away, On May 27th, 2008, Barca resigned Pique for £5 million. Pique was thrilled to be reunited with his new teammates most of whom were his contemporaries from his days at the Barca Youth team.
Pique and Club icon Carlos Puyol, formed a formidable defensive partnership, the base on which Barca would build its greatest ever team. Along with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and the irrepressible Lionel Messi, Barcelona dominated world football with an exciting brand of possession-based football fondly called Tiki-Taka.
Under Club Legend Pep Guardiola, they won three La Liga titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011; two Champions Leagues titles in 2009 and 2011; Copa del Rey in 2009, 2012; Supercopa de España in 2009, 2010, 2011, UEFA Super Cup in 2009, 2011 and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009 and 2011.
Pique has remained part of Barca’s successes during the post-Guardiola years winning 4 more La Liga titles and one more UEFA Champions League in 2015. On the international scene, Pique was part of the Spanish team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012.
Elegant in possession and blessed with a physique perfect for the modern day art of defending, Pique has developed into one of the finest center backs in Word football. His similarities with German legend Franz Beckenbauer has earned him the nickname Piquénbauer
In 2017, Pique came under intense criticism in Spain for supporting the clamor for a referendum on the Catalonia independence agitations. Pique, a Catalonian became the subject of abuse from other sections of Spain, a fiasco that almost led to him quitting the Spanish National team.
The Catalan born player remains one of Barcelona’s most valuable assets, though heading into the autumn of his career, Pique still earns £165,000 per week. ($220,000) which culminates in a yearly basic salary of $11.5 million. His bonuses are put at $3.2 million.
Gerard Pique is a fan of fast cars, his automobile collection includes an Aston Martin DB9, a black and white Audi Q7 2014, a Porsche Cayenne, a Mercedes SLK, a black and grey Mercedes SL550 and three Audi sports cars – (Audi A7 Sportback, Audi Q7 2016 and Audi S5)
Over the years Pique has amassed a net worth of $40 million.
Relationship with Shakira (Wife), Kids
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Pique met Columbian singer Shakira who was there courtesy of her World Cup theme song Waka Waka. After a simple conversation about the weather, the pair struck up a friendship and the rest is history.
Shakira is 10 years older than Pique, a fact that doesn’t seem to faze the lovebirds. The pair seems not to be interested in getting married just yet, with Shakira revealing in an interview that they have got everything they want together.
In January 2013, the couple welcomed a son – Milan, two years later they had their second son Sasha.
The Barcelonan/Spanish defender and formidable center-back guards the last line of defense with his height of 6 feet 4 inches which is about 1.94 meters. Pique is one of the tallest defenders in modern football.
Is Gerard Pique Gay?
In 2010 a picture of Pique and then teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic had tongues wagging about Pique’s sexual orientation. The picture was taken at Barcelona’s training ground after Zlatan went over to congratulate Gerard on the release of his autobiography.
A visibly frustrated Pique later cleared the air saying it was a media ploy to distract him and his teammates during the 2010 push for the La Liga title. The rumor has since died down. It is safe to say Gerard Pique is definitely not Gay.