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Barcelona news: Gerard Pique aims to become club "President"

Ashok Kesari
1.13K   //    14 Oct 2016, 13:40 IST
Gerard Pique has boardroom ambitions

Many footballers want to get into coaching after hanging up their boots, but not Gerard Pique. The central defender has indicated what he wants to do after he retires, and that is to become club president. However, according to club rules, Pique would have to spend 2 years away from the club after he retires to be eligible for the post.

Diario, a newspaper, reported that the Barcelona talisman could, therefore be eligible to become the club President in 2027, assuming that none of the other 6-year presidential terms before then are cut short.

Just last month, legendary former midfielder Xavi stated that Pique does indeed see himself becoming the club President, with Xavi as manager, Sergio Busquets as his assistant, and ex-captain Carles Puyol as sporting director.

Pique, when asked about his ambitions, he affirmed, “ Yes, when I say things I mean them. I want to be president of Barca. It's a step I'd like to take when I retire.

“I don't see myself as a manager. I don't think I would enjoy it as much.

“As a president, I could do really well for this club, because it's what I am passionate about. My playing career will [one day] come to an and the step I'd like to take is to become Barcelona president.”

Also read : Xavi Hernandez says he and Carles Puyol also received the same treatment as Gerard Pique

Pique’s interest in MSL

Pique has been an able servant for Barcelona over the years, leading them to countless victories and enjoying the type of success few can match. And while Pique has previously indicated that he would like to remain with the Blaugrana for the rest of his career, he is open to other options as well. 

When quizzed about the possibility of him playing football in America, he said of the MLS, “I've always said I'd like to retire at Barca, but it would be an attractive option for a few years as long as I have the appetite to continue playing football.”

Pique has so far been with Barcelona for the entirety of his career, leaving aside a 4-year spell at Manchester United (which included a one-year loan to Zaragoza). He is a club legend and if indeed he did become the club president, Barcelona fans would be extremely happy, knowing that a proud Catalan is leading the club. 

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