Barcelona Says criticism now affects him less
Gerard Pique has admitted that he thrives on the controversy that surrounds him as a person and as a player.
The Barcelona defender has made some enemies with his sporting and political stances and was frequently whistled while playing for the Spanish national team.
“Normally I’m aware of the mess that I get myself into,” he said on Antena 3’s ‘El Hormiguero’ programme.
“I take no notice and I have a good time.
“The world of football is a show.
“Everything is a farce, everything that you read is a lie.
“It’s all easier than that.
“The relationships with players are fantastic.
“When we get in a mess it’s because we want to, we want to add a bit of spice.
“I was affected by [criticism] a lot more when I was younger, now it passes me by.
“You get used to it with time and you know that when you lose you’re going to get criticised and that when you win they’re going to praise you, even though you didn’t play well.
“Two weeks ago, we were in a big crisis and now we’ve won four games and it’s different.
“It always depends on the result.
“But having people against me motivates me more because the better you play then the more it annoys them.
“My last period with the national team had my best years, I came away more motivated than ever.”
Outside of football, Pique is heading up a new-look Davis Cup that will see 12 countries compete in a final tournament in Madrid in November.
“We have put it into one week, before it was in four,” he said about the format.
“It’s much better for the players, with everything in the same city.
“For the fans too.
“It’s a bit like the football World Cup and we also have it in Madrid, so it’s easy to enjoy it.”
The Davis Cup reform is funded by Pique‘s Kosmos company and the Barcelona defender has invested money himself.
“I’ve invested a lot,” he said.
“But it’s not about what I’ve invested because it’s money.
“It’s mainly about the time and effort.
“I’ve been to Shanghai, Paris, London… you have to speak with the players, convince them about the new format and that it’s in Madrid.
“[Rafael] Nadal is delighted, [so are Novak] Djokovic, [Andy] Murray…
“Having them in Madrid competing for their countries is unique and let’s hope Spain can reach the final.”