If there is any player that the world of football has not been fair to, then I think that is Gerard Pique. The 33-year-old Spanish had tremendous successes at both Manchester United and Barcelona but when there is a discussion on football greats, his name is not being mentioned. If you watch highlights of his games, whether for the Red Devils or Barcelona, you will agree with me that he played prominent roles in their victories. So, why is it that football fans tend to forget his name? Is it because he is a defender or what? Does it mean that pundits don’t value his contributions? The questions are just too many!
My point is that Pique is one of the best backs in the world but a lot of people tend to downplay his efforts. He started his football career in his Barcelona hometown and but had to move to Manchester United. However, he was not signed at any cost because he was too young to be involved in any contract. However, he lived above board, despite his age and being gotten for free.
Piqué had his first appearance for Manchester United in 2004, coming from the bench to replace John O’Shea. That was during a Carling Cup encounter with Crewe Alexandra which ended in 3-0 in favor of the Red Devils. He featured for the first time in the English Premier League in October 2005 by coming in again for O’Shea in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland. He had more opportunity to play when Gary Neville was injured at some point in the following year.
In the summer of 2006, he was loaned to Real Zaragoza. He came back the following season and that was when his impacts were felt before he eventually returned to Barcelona in 2008. While in England, he won the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League and Community Shield.
However, the real success came for him at Barcelona; he won everything that he is entitled to. His first goal for the Spanish giants came in 2008 during a UEFA Champions League clash with Sporting CP which ended 5-2 in favor of Barcelona. However, his most memorable goal still remains the one he scored against their arch-rival, Real Madrid in May 2009. His celebration was epic.
His first silverware for Barcelona came in May 2009 when the club won the Copa del Rey. Few days after, he won the La Liga. Later in the month, precisely on May 27, 2009, Piqué played a role in the defeat of his former club, Manchester United in the finals of the UEFA Champions League. This makes him one of the four people to win the most coveted trophy consecutively with two different teams. After the treble, it has been success upon success for him.
With Barcelona alone, Piqué has won 27 trophies which include 8 La Liga titles, 4 UEFA Champions League, 6 Copa del Rey, 6 Supercopa de Espana, 2 Super Cups, and 1 Club World Cup.
His successes are not limited to his clubs alone; he has been a trailblazer for Spain too as he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with them and also one European Championship.
Dear readers, Piqué is a player that has won ALL. So, why are those who have recorded lesser successes celebrated than him? Is it because he is a defender?
I see him as the most underrated player!