Piqué’s soul with Barça
Gerard Piqué has said in his official presentation that “I am proud to be able to say I am a Barça player” and President Joan Laporta added that “Piqué has Barça in his veins”.
Gerard Piqué oozes Barça, and that showed in his presentation today in Sala París, where he
expressed his delight to be back at Barça.
The Barça youth player left for Manchester United when he was 17 but now
he’s back at Barcelona. Gerard Piqué said “a dream is coming true today. I am proud and
happy to be able to say I am a Barça player … I would like to retire here”.
Txiki Beguiristain said that Piqué’s “desire was always to come back” and
that was the real reason for signing him. Gerard Piqué echoed that when he said “my desire to
play for this club is unlike that I have for any other”.
Joan Laporta went as far as to say his new player “has Barça in his veins”.
Up to win titles
He may have won the League and Champions League with Manchester United
but Piqué said he would be even happier to do the same with Barça: “I am here to win as many
titles as I can” he said, before commenting on what was “the eagerness to redirect
everything, with a new manager, with the signings being made, because the club want to win titles
again”. He also said he was delighted “to come back home and know that I can win a lot
of titles in this shirt”.
A club player
Josep Guardiola said that apart from the player’s obvious qualities, the fact he knows
the club was also an important factor. “It is a major advantage not just to be such a classy
player but also to know so many things about the club” he said.
Gerard Piqué already knows some of his future colleagues, such as Gabi
Milito and Leo Messi, who he has played with before. The defender said “having played with so
many of the players in this team will help me to adapt more quickly”.
He was also asked whether he thought Messi was better than Cristiano Ronaldo, two players he
has played in the same team as, but preferred to diplomatically say “I’d go for both
… they have different qualities”.