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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique in an interview with Nexes, a program by TV3, talked about what winning meant to him. He also opened up about his injury and talked about life, his future plans, the new paths and experiences he has ventured into and of course, football.

After a cruciate ligament injury in November of last year sidelined him for almost four months, Pique returned to action and played some vital games. He played a starring role in the thrilling Copa del Rey comeback against Sevilla. However, it came at the cost of a relapse earlier in March, with another lateral ligament injury in his right knee.

Speaking about his recovery from injury, Pique said: “My goal is to reach the Clásico against Madrid with full readiness. That’s the idea. I want to join the group as soon as possible. I will go day by day and I will try to return to my best as soon as possible, but not because it’s Real Madrid.”

Gerard Pique during the interview with ‘Nexes’ | Photo courtesy of TV3

He also shed light on his decision to enter the business world: “The truth is, I did not enter the business world to make money. I think it’s an incentive, the experimentation and sharing ideas with others. This is priceless. Even if you win a lot, you always have new challenges.”

The conversation turned from there to the prospect of him becoming Barcelona president in the future. He spoke about the idea of running, as well as the recent presidential elections which saw Joan Laporta return to the club as president.

“I don’t know, I don’t know if in the future I will be a Barcelona president. At the moment I still feel like a footballer and I’m having a good time. If at some point I see it as a goal that I must achieve, yes I will do it with all my strength until I get it,” said the 34-year old.

“During the election process, I saw myself thinking about it more, especially during the debates between the three candidates. I wanted to see how they did it and the fact it was a very dignified battle. I hope Laporta fulfills his mandate,” he added.

When asked about his worst defeat, he spoke about the Anfield debacle from two years ago: “I have never been someone who comes into the dressing room and throws everything on the ground expressing his anger, but maybe the Liverpool game because of the result we got in the first game. I was never ready for this.”

On his greatest triumphs as a player, he of course highlighted the World Cup victory in 2010 as well as the Champions League titles. He ended the interview by talking about the impact of empty stadiums ever since the pandemic has forced football to be played behind closed doors.

“For us, it is necessary to feel the people in the stadium. You’re competing for them. At this time of the pandemic, you now realize that the games look like training,” he concluded.



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