Spain and FC Barcelona’s central defender Gerard Pique has been in the mix of things, lately with the political turmoil in Spain causing the defender a thing or two to worry about.
Pique has been a vocal figure since the time that he played as a striker for the Red Devils, the right-footed player has been involved in controversies more time than he would have wished for.
The defender faced the media ahead of Spain’s Friday qualifier against Albania, where questions were hurled at him regarding his stance on the rising political tension in Spain, after Sunday’s Catalan independence referendum.
Pique was booed by the Spanish fans in the open training session, before their qualifier, with increasing reports suggesting that the Catalan player had a rift with fellow defender Sergio Ramos while others suggested that the lanky defender would leave the Spanish camp ahead of the encounter.
“I’ve been playing for Spain for almost ten years – I don’t want to leave by the back door.” replied the defender when he was if he’s considered retiring from the Spain team early as per AS. “No-one can doubt my commitment to the Spanish national team,” he added.
Sergio Ramos’ chemistry with Pique:
The Spanish duo has not had the best of memories in La Liga, with the central defenders taking a dig at each other whenever they take the field in El-Clasico.
However, things are different when it comes to the Spanish national team, with reports from AS suggesting that the two have signed a peaceful clause while representing the Spanish team.
Pique cleared the air with the media saying, “The Ramos thing is a lie – we get on phenomenally. We’re going to be partners in a business venture that I proposed to him.”
Pique’s national team partner will no longer be just his fellow defender, with the possibility of the Real Madrid man becoming his business partner in the future.
Further, the inevitable question on Catalan independence was raised, with the centre-back replying “What does it matter how I react? I can have my opinion, but this goes far beyond what my opinion is.
There are many who want independence, and many who don’t. What’s important is dialogue: that the politicians do their job and find a solution.” while concluding the press conference.