Gerard Pique is a well-known vocal Catalan, who makes no bones about voicing his opinion on questions of politics and national identity.
Though he proudly plays for Spain, Pique is a flag-bearer of Catalan identity and culture and proud of it.
The defender blew the Barcelona trumpet in a recent CNN interview, saying ‘Barça is a way of teaching Catalan to the world’.
Pique also said he sees himself playing for another 6 years at the top level, after which he’d like to move into coaching, or ‘who knows’, the Barcelona presidency.
Watch Pique’s teammates section of his CNN interview below, in which he tells a few funny anecdotes about growing up at La Masia with Fabregas and Messi.