Spanish footballer Gerard Pique: a biography, career and personal life
Football player Gerard Pique, biography, career and personal life are presented in this article, is the central defender of "Barcelona" and Spain. During his career, he became the champion of the world and Europe, and in the "Barcelona" is the owner of many titles both at home and internationally.
Childhood and adolescence
Gerard Pique, whose photos can be seen in this article, was born in February 1987 in Barcelona. Despite the fact that his parents did not have nothing to do with the sport, the future fate of the boy was sealed almost immediately. The fact that his grandfather, Amador Bernabeu, was vice-president of the main club of Catalonia.
For the first time with the ball, Gerard Pique fumbled back in eighteen months of age, what really amused his grandfather. In 10 years, the future star of Spanish football took to the football school "La Masiyu" - the legendary academy, "Barcelona."
After playing for various youth teams of the Catalan club, Gerard Piqué in 2001, he started to play for the second team of "Barcelona II". Where his partners were such modern legends of world football like Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.
In 2004, the young Gerard Pique hit the sphere of interest of the English club "Manchester United", and soon moved to England defender. Unfortunately, the young player was given quite a bit of playing time, and two years later he was loaned to the Spanish "Zaragoza". Here it is easy to get into the main structure, held 22 match, which scored two goals.
After returning to England defender was again rarely go on the field - during the season, he played in only 13 matches.
The return of the "Barcelona"
As Gerard Piqué was unable to gain a foothold in the "Manchester United", he was traded to the home for themselves, "Barcelona" for 5 million euros. As part of "blue garnet" counsel began the ascent to the world of football glory.
In the first season it was fixed at the base, and then became one of the team leaders. In that year Gerard with "Barcelona" won the Champions League, became the champion of Spain, Cup and Super Cup of the country, as well as the triumph of the Club World Cup.
In addition to a robust defense game, Pique and different high as to center-back efficiency. In less than 10 seasons spent in the "Barcelona" Gerard managed to score 39 goals in 440 matches. To date, he has become a true legend of the Catalan club.
The peak of six times champion of Spain, 5 times won the Cup and the Super Bowl of the country, won three times in the UEFA Champions League and the Club World Cup.
A career in the national team
High speed, good performance and high growth Gerard Pique has not gone unnoticed by the then coach of the Spanish team of Vicente del Bosque. In 2009, he received a call for a friendly game against England. After that he participated in the Confederation Cup, which won the bronze medal of the tournament.
Finest hour for the young defender came in the next year. At the World Cup in South Africa he was in the "Red Fury" won the tournament. Gerard Pique has participated in all matches of the national team and was one of the best in the invincible Spanish team.
Two years later at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine football has become the undisputed leader of his defense team. Largely due to his excellent play in the protection of Spain once again became the champion of the continent. In six games the rivals were able to score only one goal to them. Following the results of the Euro Pique has been included in the symbolic team of the tournament.
On disastrous for Spain's World Cup in 2014 in Brazil Gerard played in one game, in which the injured hip. More on that tournament, he did not come out on the field.
At Euro 2016 in France, the central defender has played 4 matches and scored the winning goal against the Czech Republic. After the completion of the tournament, Gerard Pique said that complete performance for the national team after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
As of April 2018 defender spent in the Spanish national team 96 games, which scored five goals scored.
Life famous footballer
In 2010, during the shooting of the video for Waka Waka, which became the official anthem of the World Championship in South Africa, Gerard Pique met with the singer of the song - a famous singer Shakira. Shortly thereafter, the girls began to notice in the stadiums during the games for Spain, and the paparazzi began to suspect that between it and the player has an affair.
At first, and Gerard Pique and Shakira, who at the time lived in a civil marriage with the son of Argentine ex-president, denied everything. But next year, the singer broke off their relationship, and soon the lovers openly declared his feelings.
In 2013, Shakira Gerard gave Milan the first-born, and two years later they had a another son Sasha. A pair of almost 10 years together, but so far they have not legalized their relationship. Because of this, often there are rumors about the separation Pique and Shakira, but every time the news are fictitious.
In 2017, the Spanish footballer has finally made a proposal to his beloved, so that in the near future is expected long-awaited wedding of Gerard Pique and Shakira.