Gerard Pique Bernabeu is a Spanish professional footballer who currently plies his trade for La Liga giants FC Barcelona. Pique was born on 2 February 1987 in Barcelona, Spain. He is a centre-back and is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Pique is a modern defender with good passing and technique and is also good in the air due to his height and has scored quite a few headed goals. He is capable of adjusting to defensive midfield and is often compared to German legend Franz Beckenbauer for his playing style.
Gerard was in the youth ranks of Barcelona FC before he moved to Manchester United where he stayed for four years. He did not sign a professional contract with them due to his age.
He was loaned out to Zaragoza in 2006-07 before signing again for his boyhood club. Since then, Pique has become a prominent figure, and some even consider him as the club legend.
Pique made his professional club debut on 29 March 2006 for Manchester United in a league cup match, coming in place of injured Gary Neville.
On 6 February 2009, Pique played his first match for Spain in a friendly 2-0 win against England. He played the full 90 minutes of the match.
Rise to Glory
Gerard Pique was a constant part of the Spain youth teams and played for every side from the age group of 16 to 21. He was a part of the U19 squad that won the 2006 U19 European Championship held in Poland.
In 2009, he was called up to the national squad and has been a constant part of the team ever since. His first match was a friendly against England and the second a 2010 World Cup Qualifier against Turkey, where he scored his first international goal in a 1-0 win.
More competitive appearances were up for Pique as he was selected to play in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup where Spain finished in third place. He has started four out of five matches and had formed a solid partnership with former Barcelona teammate and legend Carles Puyol.
Puyol soon retired and Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos took over his place, forging another solid partnership. Pique was a part of the Spanish squad that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup, beating Netherlands 1-0 in the final.
In 2012, Pique won another title with Spain, the UEFA Euro 2012. He played every minute of the tournament along with Sergio Ramos. He also played the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Pique has made a total of 94 competitive appearances for Spain, scoring 5 goals.
Gerard Pique has had one of the most decorated club careers over recent years and has achieved legend status in the eyes of some fans. He is considered to be one of the world’s best defenders at present.
In his time as a Manchester United player, Pique won the Premier League title, one UEFA Champions League title, the English League Cup and the Community Shield. He had made a total of 22 appearances for the Premier League side and scored 2 goals, both in the Champions League of 2007-08.
Pique has been a constant part of the starting eleven at Barcelona and has come out to become one of the best in the world. Pique was a part of the Barcelona side that won the treble in 2014-15. He has won the league six times with them, the domestic cup four times, the UEFA Super Cup three times and FIFA Club World Cup three times.
Pique has made a total of 431 appearances for Barcelona in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and providing 8 assists. He is known for his passion for his club, which turned out controversial due to his rants aimed at rivals Real Madrid.