Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has spoken about a number of subjects in a revealing interview with The Players’ Tribune.
As well as talking about his time with Manchester United and how much an influence Sir Alex Ferguson was on his career, the Spaniard details the WhatsApp chat he has mocking Real Madrid players.
“I’m going to let you in on a little inside information. Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp.” he said.
“I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca teammates. But my favourite one might surprise you. Earlier this season, when we were already 8 or 9 points clear of Real Madrid in the league, I started a special group for some of the guys on the Spanish national team who play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.”
“All we do in that group is talk shit to one another about Barca and Real! It’s the best. We’re just like little kids. And the truth is, it’s especially hilarious for me right now, because now we’re up 15 points on Real in the league. So I’m getting very creative in my responses.
“Last season, when the Real guys were winning everything, they were feeling pretty good. They were talking shit constantly whenever I saw them at national team training.”
Pique continues to talk about how Real Madrid boasted about their form last season, but Barcelona have had the last laugh in recent months:
“Man, every time they won a match last season, they were posting shirtless photos on Instagram from the locker room. Remember that?” Pique continued.
“They were smiling and flexing their muscles like The Rock and saying #HalaMadrid and posting little trophy emojis. This season, though, it’s a different vibe. All their Instagram photos are looking very somber. “3 points today. We must keep working harder!”
“So I’m texting them in the WhatsApp group, “Come on guys, why so serious?!” Then I put a little crying emoji, and a laughing emoji.
I even made a special name for the group. It’s called: CONGRATULATIONS.”
To read Spain and Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué’s inaugural post on The Players’ Tribune, ‘A Long Story’, in full, please visit: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/gerard-pique-a-long-story. The Players’ Tribune connects players with fans through the power of storytelling and has today announced its global expansion in partnership with Pique.