Ramos, Griezmann, Dani Alves: The story of Gerard Pique’s Barcelona clash and beyond
Gerard Pique is not the kind of player who backs down from an argument.
Over the past two weeks, the Barcelona defender has been embroiled in multiple altercations, including a war of words with former club president Josep Bartomeu and a row with Unai Emery.
Pique first became furious when he claimed he earned £11.7million in one season and was quick to prove that accusation not true with a social media post.
According to the Daily Mail, the Spaniard believes the rumor was started by Bartomeu, who has been credited with blaming the players for problems at the club.
On Friday, Pique posted a screenshot of his payslip showing a figure of £1.94million which proves the Barcelona captain is earning significantly less than initially reported.
The 34-year-old then found himself embroiled in a war of words with Villarreal boss Unai Emery after taking to social media to support claims that Valencia were ‘robbed’ in a defeat 4-1 against Real Madrid on Saturday.
The former Arsenal manager has hit back at Pique and accused him of being a hypocrite after Pique allegedly handled the ball during a game against Villarreal earlier in the season.
But Pique had none of it and took to Twitter again, saying: “He is a person who three years later was still complaining about the referee in the 6-1. Push yourself, Unai.
It’s safe to say that the past few weeks haven’t been boring for the Barcelona defender.
But after everything that’s happened, we thought it would be the perfect time to look back at some of Pique’s greatest fights.
In no particular order, here are seven of Pique’s biggest meltdowns…
Tell Antoine Griezmann to ‘fuck off’
While Griezmann was still playing for Barcelona, the Frenchman got tangled up with Pique during an argument on the pitch during their 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain last February.
A rampant Kylian Mbappe tore the Catalans apart, scoring a hat-trick during the game and with Barca’s defense on the ropes, Pique took out his frustrations on team-mate Griezmann.
With the stadium empty due to COVID-19 restrictions, television microphones heard the centre-back shouting at his team-mates, saying: “Keep the ball, goddamn it, for fuck’s sake come on! “
Griezmann tried to calm the defender down, but Pique saw red and told the striker: “F***** g hell Grizi, f**k me! No! F**k off, we’re hurting, we’re hurting. we were (pinned) for five minutes.
You can watch the interaction below…
The brawl in Pique’s open-top bus
After winning the 2013 La Liga title, Barcelona took to the streets in an open-top bus to celebrate their league triumph.
But the celebrations were spoiled after cameras caught Pique and former Arsenal player Alex Song brawling above the player’s bus.
Song appeared to raise his hand towards the Spain international and slapped Pique across the face before Carlos Puyol and Victor Valdes arrived to defuse the situation.
Clash with Sergio Busquets
In October, Pique also faced teammate Busquets in their 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid.
Pique was seen engaging in a heated exchange with his team-mate after the pair failed to score Thomas Lemar, who leaped through Barca’s defense to put Atleti one goal in the game.
…and he also fell out with Dani Alves
The defender had a similar on-pitch feud with team-mate Dani Alves in a 5-0 win over Real Betis in 2011.
Tensions boiled over on the pitch again and Alves was seen punching Pique’s hand while raising a finger at the Barcelona captain.
But the dispute was quickly quashed after the match, with Alves admitting, per Goal, that “the pulse was too high” when the incident happened.
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Alvaro Arbeloa is a ‘cone’
Back in 2015, Pique sparked a war of words with his Spain team-mate Arbeloa after calling the right-back a ‘cone’.
“Arbeloa, the cone, walks around pretending he’s a friend of mine, but he’s nothing more than an acquaintance,” Pique said in an interview, per Marca.
And as expected, the comments didn’t sit too well with the Real Madrid player, who took the quote as a mockery of his alleged lack of mobility.
Responding to the Barcelona player, he said, according to Marca: “Pique seems obsessed with us.
“One day I’ll go to a comedy club, and Pique will be there, talking about Real Madrid.”
Foodgate with Toni Freixa
It looks like the Blaugrana defender has no problem fighting with high-profile politicians.
Former Barcelona presidential candidate Freixa once asked his Twitter followers if they could imagine professional footballers eating steak, fries, fried eggs and beer – all foods on the menu from Barça’s training ground.
The Tweet received a backlash from fans around the world, and Freixa opted to delete the post but didn’t realize Pique had already captured it.
Taking umbrage at his comments, the footballer responded to Freixa, reposting the image on Twitter and saying: “You got the steak part wrong…it was Catalan sausage. The rest is fine.
“Now I’m going to drink a gin and tonic to your health! Now you can continue deleting your tweets, you rascal.”
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His ongoing feud with Sergio Ramos
Of course, we couldn’t forget to mention his ongoing feud with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos which has been raging for over 10 years.
But in 2017, the two crossed paths in one of their most heated exchanges.
Pique decided to take to Twitter that Madrid received favorable decisions from a referee in a win over Villarreal.
He tweeted: “[Bad officiating caused an] 8 points difference against these two teams.
But Ramos was quick to hit back and said: “I would be surprised if it was [Lionel] Messi [who wrote something like that].
“We already know Pique’s world, where everything is a plot against him.”
It seems there has been no love lost between the couple over the years.
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