25 Facts About Gerard Pique

1. Originally one of the most promising students at La Masia, Gerard Pique joined Manchester United in 2004.

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2. Gerard Pique is one of only four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto'o.

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3. Gerard Pique played an integral role in the Spain teams that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.

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4. Gerard Pique retired from the national team after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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5. Gerard Pique assisted Pedro's 89th minute equalising goal which took the match to extra-time.

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6. On 26 February 2010, Gerard Pique signed a contract extension to keep him at Barcelona until at least summer 2015.

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7. On 28 May 2011, Gerard Pique played in his second Champions League Final.

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8. On 20 May 2014, Gerard Pique signed a contract extension with Barcelona, keeping him at the club until 2019.

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9. On 20 October 2020, Gerard Pique signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 20 June 2024, setting his buy-out clause at €500 million.

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10. On 3 March 2021, Gerard Pique scored a last-minute header in the Copa del Rey semifinals against Sevilla, tying the aggregate score to send the game to extra time.

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11. Gerard Pique was a member of the Spain under-19 team that won the 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Poland.

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12. On 6 February 2009, Gerard Pique was called up to the senior squad for the friendly against England on 11 February.

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13. Gerard Pique made his tournament debut for Spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, starting in four of the team's five matches as La Roja finished in third place.

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14. Gerard Pique was Spain's first-choice centre-back at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa, playing alongside Puyol.

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15. Gerard Pique was one of three Spanish defenders included in UEFA's Team of the Tournament as La Roja conceded only one goal in six matches.

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16. On 30 June 2013, Gerard Pique was sent off during the final against Brazil.

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17. On 11 August 2018, Gerard Pique announced his retirement from international football.

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18. Gerard Pique is a modern and commanding defender, who combines strength and tackling ability with good technique and passing.

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19. From 2011 to 2022, Gerard Pique was in a relationship with Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira.

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20. Gerard Pique was the face of Mango's men's line HE for four consecutive campaign seasons between 2011 and 2012.

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21. In December 2018, through his firm Kosmos Holding, Gerard Pique bought Spanish football club FC Andorra.

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22. In July 2019, Gerard Pique took over a majority stake in another Spanish football club - Gimnastic Manresa.

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23. In December 2020, Gerard Pique invested in the fantasy football game Sorare.

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24. On 27 August 2019, Gerard Pique took part of EPT Barcelona €25,000 Single-Day High Roller Event.

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25. Gerard Pique finished in second place and won a prize of €352,950.

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