|Nick Name:||Príncipe Piqué, Piquenbauer, Geri|
|Current Team:||FC Barcelona|
|Height:||193 cm (6' 4'')|
|Birth Day:||February 2, 1987|
|Birth Place:||Barcelona, Spain|
|Height:||193 cm (6' 4'')|
Spanish centre-back who joined FC Barcelona in 2008 and helped Spain win the FIFA World Cup in 2010. He was named La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2009 and La Liga Best Defender in 2010.
Real Estate: In 2015, Piqué and Shakira purchased a mansion in Barcelona for 5 million Euros. Located in the Pedralbes district of the historical Spanish city, the villa offers 1,500 square meters of living space. The mansion also sits on multiple acres of private gardens. The outdoor space also features a swimming pool and a waterfall, and the gardens are kept private by dense trees. That being said, the three-story home also offers incredible views of the city below.
He started his youth career with Barcelona in 1997 at the age of 10.
Piqué made his debut for Manchester United in October 2004, as a centre-back, a 67th minute replacement for John O'Shea in a 3–0 League Cup victory at Crewe Alexandra. He made his full debut in January 2005 in a 0–0 FA Cup draw with Exeter City. Pique made his Premier League debut on 15 October 2005, again as a substitute for O'Shea, in a 3–1 win over Sunderland. His first league start came on 29 March 2006 against West Ham United at Old Trafford, playing at right-back, as Gary Neville was unavailable through injury.
His performances, most notably in the reserve team, earned him a new contract, which he signed in February 2005, to run until the summer of 2009. On 4 August 2006, however, La Liga club Real Zaragoza secured Piqué on a season-long loan. The conditions of the loan involved Piqué having to feature in at least 20 games for the Aragonese club, which he did, as he made 22 first team appearances in a successful spell, alongside Argentine Gabriel Milito, either as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder.
On 5 May 2007, it was announced that Piqué would be staying at Old Trafford for the following season. Sir Alex Ferguson had intended to assess Piqué's form at La Romareda on 6 May, prior to a meeting where the two parties would discuss Piqué's future prospects with the club. However, Ferguson was unable to attend on account of airline difficulties.
Piqué's return to Old Trafford saw him make nine league appearances during the 2007–08 season. In his first start in the UEFA Champions League, a 4–0 home win against Dynamo Kyiv on 7 November 2007, Piqué scored the first of Manchester United's four goals in that match. In doing so, he became the 450th player to score at least one goal for the club. His second goal for the club also came in the Champions League, in an away match to Roma on 12 December 2007.
Subsequently, he played in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting all six of Spain's matches and scoring a goal in the team's come-from-behind 4–2 victory over Brazil in the round of 16. However, Piqué missed the deciding penalty in the shoot-out against the Czech Republic, and Spain were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.
On 27 May 2008, Piqué signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, with a €5 million buy-out clause. Barcelona paid a £5 million fee for the player. He expressed his joy at re-signing with his boyhood club, although he admitted he had enjoyed his spell at Manchester United:
Piqué's first goal for Barcelona came in the club's 2–5 Champions League group stage win at Sporting CP on 26 November 2008. His first domestic goal for the club followed two months later, on 29 January 2009, in a Copa del Rey match against local rivals Espanyol. The goal, which came from a corner kick in the 57th minute, turned out to be the game winner in a 3–2 victory for Barcelona. On 2 May 2009, Piqué scored Barcelona's sixth goal in a 2–6 El Clásico win against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, which saw him produce a passionate goal celebration where he grabbed his Barcelona jersey.
On 13 May 2009, he picked up the first trophy of his Barcelona career as he helped his club to a 4–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final. Three days later, Barcelona clinched the league title after Real Madrid lost 3–2 to Villarreal, with two games left in the season.
On 27 May 2009, Piqué played against his former club Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League Final, which Barcelona won 2–0, completing a historic treble.
On 19 December 2009, Piqué was in the Barcelona team which beat Argentine club Estudiantes 2–1 in the Club World Cup Final. Piqué assisted Pedro's 89th minute equalising goal which took the match to extra-time.
On 6 February 2009, Piqué was called up to the senior squad for the friendly against England on 11 February. He played the entire match in a 2–0 win, in Seville. In his second match as an international on 28 March 2009, he was called up as a replacement for injured teammate Carles Puyol and he scored the only goal in Spain's victory in the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Turkey at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. Four days later, he also started in Istanbul in a 2–1 win, also in the group stage.
On 26 February 2010, Piqué signed a contract extension to keep him at Barcelona until at least summer 2015. On 28 April 2010, Piqué scored in Barcelona's Champions League semi-final second leg against Inter Milan, though his team went out 3–2 on aggregate.
On 28 May 2011, Piqué played in his second Champions League Final. Barça defeated Manchester United 3–1 at Wembley Stadium to lift the European Cup for the second time in three seasons. On 1 May 2013, Piqué scored an own goal for Bayern Munich in Camp Nou, making the score 2–0 to Bayern. Later, Bayern went on to win 3–0 and 7–0 on aggregate.
Since early 2011, Piqué has been in a relationship with Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. They met when he appeared in the music video for her single "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)", the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Piqué and Shakira share the same birthday, ten years apart. The couple have two children.
Piqué was the face of Mango's men's line HE for four consecutive campaign seasons between 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he lent his voice to the Catalan version of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! as the Pirate King.
At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Piqué was the third of Spain's seven successful takers in a 7–6 shootout win over Italy at the semi-final stage. On 30 June 2013, Piqué was sent off during the final against Brazil. He received a straight red card in the 68th minute for a violent tackle on recently signed Barcelona teammate Neymar. The match finished 3–0 to Brazil, ending Spain's world record 29 match unbeaten run in competitive internationals.
On 20 May 2014, Piqué signed a contract extension with Barcelona, keeping him at the club until 2019.
On 6 June 2015, Piqué started for Barça in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, as the club won its fifth European Cup by beating Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion. This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice. Piqué, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Pedro are the only players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.
On 18 January 2018, Piqué extended his contract again, this time until 2022. On 25 August 2019, he played full 90 minutes in a 5–2 win against Real Betis, his 500th game for the club.
On 11 August 2018, Piqué announced his retirement from international football.
Piqué is a modern and commanding defender, who combines strength and tackling ability with good technique and passing. Due to his height and physical attributes, he is good in the air. Although he is primarily deployed as a centre-back, he is a tactically versatile player who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, a position in which he was initially deployed in his youth; he has also been deployed as a sweeper on occasion, showing similarities to German legend, Franz Beckenbauer, thus earning the sobriquet "Piquénbauer". He has also occasionally been known to use his height as an additional attacking threat by advancing into more offensive positions, often functioning as an auxiliary striker, in particular if his team are trailing late on during matches. His ball-playing ability and capacity to read the game enabled him to form an effective central-defensive partnership with the more physical Carles Puyol, both with Barcelona and Spain. Despite his talent in his youth however, he was also initially accused by certain pundits of being error-prone defensively, and has been criticised on occasion for his inconsistency and lack of pace. Considered to be one of the best defenders in world football by pundits, in 2018, his former defensive partner Puyol described Piqué as "the best centre-back in the world," due to his personal development as a player in terms of his intelligence, leadership, positional sense, composure, and anticipation.
Piqué is the founder and president of Kosmos Holding, a sports and media investment group he started with Hiroshi Mikitani (founder and chairman of Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, Inc.), Edmund Chu, Nullah Sarker and Mike Evans. Kosmos has struck a partnership with the International Tennis Federation for a 25-year, $3 billion partnership that will transform the Davis Cup and generate substantial revenues for global tennis development. In August 2018, U.S. billionaire Larry Ellison published a public letter stating that he is joining the Kosmos group. In December 2018, through his firm Kosmos Holding, Piqué bought Spanish football club FC Andorra. The club currently competes in the Segunda División B, the third tier in Spanish football league system. In July 2019, Piqué took over a majority stake in another Spanish football club - Gimnàstic Manresa. The take over was also completed using his firm Kosmos Holding.
On 25 March 2019, Pique won his 10th cap for Catalonia in a friendly match against Venezuela, a few months after he had retired from the Spanish national team and led the team to a 2–1 victory.
On 10 July 2019, Piqué was ordered by a Spanish court to pay €2.1 million to the tax authorities following his conviction for image rights fraud. The defender pretended to hand over his image rights to his Kerad Project company in order to pay less tax from 2008 to 2010.
On 27 August 2019, Piqué took part of EPT Barcelona €25,000 Single-Day High Roller Event. He finished in second place and won a prize of €352,950.
In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Piqué along with teammates including Lionel Messi committed to a 70% pay cut in their salaries during the crisis. They further committed to donating towards the salaries of all employees at the club during the state of emergency.
|#2||Milan Piqué Mebarak||Children||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|#3||Sasha Piqué Mebarak||Children||$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)||N/A||5||Celebrity Family Member|
|#6||Shakira||Partner||$300 Million||N/A||43||Pop Singer|
|#1||Gerard Pique||33||$80 Million||$10 Million||Spain|
|#2||Jordi Alba||31||$16 Million||$4 Million||Spain|
|#4||Arturo Vidal||33||$16 Million||$6 Million||Chile|
|#6||Lionel Messi||33||$400 Million||$92 Million||Argentina|
|#7||Luis Suarez||33||$70 Million||$20 Million||Uruguay|
|#8||Marc-Andre ter Stegen||28||N/A||4.68 million EUR (2019)||Germany|
|#9||Marc Ter Stegen||28||N/A||N/A||Germany|
|#13||Sergio Busquets||32||$45 Million||$8 Million||Spain|
|#14||Antoine Griezmann||29||$60 Million||N/A||France|
|#16||Frenkie de Jong||23||N/A||N/A||Netherlands|
Currently, Gerard Pique is 35 years, 6 months and 15 days old. Gerard Pique will celebrate 36th birthday on a Thursday 2nd of February 2023. Below we countdown to Gerard Pique upcoming birthday.
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Pique turned 30 on a Thursday, the same day as Shakira turned 40, and has received messages from many people
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Happy 24th Birthday, Gerard Piqué!