Gerard Pique

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Thursday Kickoff: Barca 'close' to signings; Kylina Mbappe undecided and more

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Transfer sagas continue to surround Barcelona while Real Madrid's big target remains undecided.

Barcelona's general manager Pep Segura says the club is "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. (REPORT)

PSG youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez said that Kylian Mbappe has "two or three teams" in mind: Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and possibly Manchester City.

Super Cup: Marco Asensio Continues Amazing Goal-Scoring Debut Record As Real Madrid Emerge Victorious Over Barcelona In First Leg (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid emerged from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup with a commanding lead over eternal rivals Barcelona, winning 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday night.

Indeed, Real looked to be firing on all cylinders before a ball was even kicked in anger if this footage of their mesmerising pre-match training drill is anything to go by.

Ronaldo sent-off, but Real roll over Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Real Madrid made light of a red card for Cristiano Ronaldo to deal a further blow to Barcelona by winning 3-1 in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday.

Ronaldo, only introduced as a second-half substitute, was shown two quickfire yellow cards after blasting Madrid into a 2-1 lead with 10 minutes to go.

La Banteur: PSG Fans Wear ‘He’s Staying’ Shirts To Poke Fun At Gerard Pique’s Poorly-Timed Neymar Tweet (Photos)

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A smattering of PSG fans paid good money to rib Gerard Pique over a clanger of a tweet the Barcelona defender emitted at the height of the swirling speculation that preceded Neymar's big move to the French capital.

Back on July 23rd, with the world still incredulous that such a transfer could come to pass, Pique posted a photo of himself and Neymar along with the fateful caption "Se Queda" "He's staying".

Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Amid transfer drama Neymar ‘doesn’t know what to do’: Pique

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Brazilian superstar Neymar “doesn’t know what to do” as frenzy over his possible move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain continues to dominate headlines, Barca teammate Gerard Pique told ESPN FC.

French giants PSG are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking 218 million euros ($256 million) move for Neymar.

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his ‘he stays’ tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.

“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his ‘he stays’ tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.

“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barcelona

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Washington (AFP) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said on Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.

“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barcelona

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Washington (AFP) – Barcelona defender Gerard Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said on Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.

“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.

Football, showbiz stars to dance at Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered on Friday for the celebrity “wedding of the century” in Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown as he prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to sources close to the event and local media, which dubbed it the biggest wedding in decades in the city of Rosario.

Football, showbiz stars to dance at Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered on Friday for the celebrity “wedding of the century” in Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown as he prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to sources close to the event and local media, which dubbed it the biggest wedding in decades in the city of Rosario.

Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Football, showbiz stars gather for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gathered in Argentina for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade as Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo on Friday.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, were expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Football, showbiz stars set for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, are expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario.

Messi’s star-studded Argentine wedding: what we know

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Football and showbiz stars will gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here is what we know from the few details given by Messi’s spokespeople as well as media reports and local people close to the event in his home city of Rosario.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Football: Argentine town braces for Messi’s wedding

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Rosario (Argentina) (AFP) – Soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s Argentine hometown is preparing to host footballing and showbiz celebrities when he marries childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo this month in Latin America’s wedding of the decade.

Colombian popstar Shakira, wife of Messi’s Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, has said she hopes to attend.

Barcelona seek winning end to Luis Enrique’s reign

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Madrid (AFP) – Gerard Pique wants Barcelona to reward outgoing coach Luis Enrique with a ninth trophy of his three-year spell in charge in Saturday’s Copa del Rey final against Alaves.

Victory would see Barca lift the Cup for the third straight season under Enrique, but unlike in the past two years it would be Barca’s only major silverware of the campaign.

Twitter Release Special Pack Of El Clasico-Themed Emojis Ahead Of Barcelona’s Crucial Trip To Real Madrid (Photo)

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Ahead of the bi-annual ref-crowding pageant that is El Clasico, the people at Twitter have rolled out a series of limited edition Barcelona and Real Madrid-themed emojis for the occasion.

WithLa Liga's twin behemoths set to go duke it out at the summit of the tableonce again on Sunday evening, fans (presumably under the age of 12) will be able to squabble over who's the bestest on social media using the following array of miniature pictographs.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Is Barcelona Losing Its Identify Under Luis Enrique?

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For years, Barcelona has been a club marked by a very clear approach to the game of football, defined by an academy program that has produced some of the best players in the world over the last 15 years.

But on Sunday, Barcelona's starting XI away to Leganes contained only one Spanish born player (Sergi Roberto), for the first time in their 118-year history.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Enrique hails bit-part Barca as injuries mount

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hailed the contribution of his squad's bit-part players as a much-changed side saw off Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

However, Barca's day was blighted by a groin strain suffered by key central defender Gerard Pique which could keep him out of Tuesday's Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Five-star Barcelona stroll back into Cup semis

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona eased into the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey for a seventh consecutive season 6-2 on aggregate as Denis Suarez scored twice in a 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Thursday.

Already leading 1-0 from the first leg, Barca gave Sociedad a mountain to climb as Denis Suarez finished off a great team move with the only real chance of the first-half before Lionel Messi converted from the penalty spot.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Barca desperate to break Madrid’s unbeaten streak

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona are the more desperate side as Real Madrid visit Catalonia on Saturday for the first El Clasico of the season boasting a six-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Madrid have won 15 more points in all in La Liga under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane since the sides last met in April and are riding a 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Humiliated Barca Escape With a Point | Barca - 1 : Real Soceidad - 1

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- Messi Scoring the Equalizer against real Soceidad -

Almost nothing went right for us today. They outdid us in the quality of their play and in attitude. We barely existed in the first half and improved a bit in the second but it's difficult to win the league playing like this.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique sticking to Spain retirement plan

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists he will not reverse his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Pique announced his intention to leave La Roja after having to demonstrate he did not cut the colours of the Spanish flag off his kit during a 2-0 win in Albania last week.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique sticking to Spain retirement plan

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insists he will not reverse his decision to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Pique announced his intention to leave La Roja after having to demonstrate he did not cut the colours of the Spanish flag off his kit during a 2-0 win in Albania last week.

Gerard Pique Fondly Reminisces About The Time He ‘Pranked’ Patrice Evra By Torching His Personal Belongings

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More from Gerard Pique now, with the Barcelona defender's fond memories of the time and effort he used to devote to being a brutal sociopathpranking his chums in his younger years.

As part of his all-encompassing interview with Catalan broadcasters TV3, Pique was asked what he misses most about his time at Manchester United.

Pique eyes Barcelona presidency

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes he can take the unusual route into club politics rather than management when his playing career comes to an end by becoming Barca president.

The Catalan giants are run by a president voted for by the club's near 150,000 members with mandates lasting up to six years.

Gerard Pique Reveals How He First Wooed Shakira With A Bit Of Rubbish Weather Chat

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Gerard Pique has revealed the sweet little exchange that broke the ice and eventually led to him shacking up with noted Pies fan Shakira.

Waffling on in an interview with Spanish broadcasters TV3, the Barcelona centre-half discussed how the couple, who now have two kids,first got together at the 2010 World Cup.

Gerard Pique Announces International Retirement

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Barcelona star Gerard Pique has stunned fans in Spain by announcing that he will stop playing for his country after the 2018 World Cup in Russia because he feels he is not wanted in the national team by some.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain's 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cup.

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Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

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Gerard Pique says will quit Spain team in political spat

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Madrid (AFP) Spanish defender Gerard Pique has announced that he will end his international career after the 2018 World Cup amid renewed controversy over his political views.

The Barcelona star, who supports independence for Catalonia, came under fire again after Sunday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win against Albania.