Gerard Pique is a player apart in professional football. Although he has been working as a professional defender since 2008 in Barcelona, he is also a businessman who "sleeps four to five hours a night", and chairs the Kosmos group which organizes for example the new Davis Cup formula. In an interview in El Pais this Sunday, the 32-year-old has discussed many topics including that of politics, while the subject of independence of Catalonia is relevant in Spain.
"We spoke a thousand times of politics with the selection"
"When people vote, they do it in secret, why should we as players be forced to position ourselves?" Began Gerard Pique, who claims his freedom of speech. "I can defend this position or defend the right as I decided to be a defender of the 'Roja' with the selection for 14 years," nuance Pique, known for taking positions in favor of the independence of the Catalonia but who has worn the jersey of the Spanish selection 105 times until his international retirement in August 2018: "In the national team, we spoke a thousand times of politics, but then we went on the field to play".
"Sport and politics go hand in hand, in the way that, for example, the King's Cup is named in honor of the King, when you play an international match with hymns, that's politics," says Pique. so the athletes could not get wet … Fuck, we have the same rights as a citizen than anyone, "defends Pique, who does not want to be reduced to his role as footballer. Regarding the trial of the independence process, he admits that it was "very hard and provoked altercations". At the end of last October, the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid was postponed until December 18th because of the events that take place in Catalonia in connection with Independence.