Gerard Pique: 'With Mourinho there was an extra edge to El Clasico. He yanks your chain'


Date of birth: February 2, 1987

Height: 6ft 4in

Position: Centre-back

Place of birth: Barcelona

Clubs: 2004-08 Manchester United 23 games (2 goals); 2006-07 Real Zaragoza (loan) 28 (3); 2008–present Barcelona 322 (27)

International: 2009–present Spain 72 (4)

Honours: Premier League (2008); Champions League (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015); La Liga (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015; Copa del Rey 2009, 2012, 2015; UEFA Super Cup 2009, 2011, 2015; FIFA Club World Cup 2009, 2011

International honours: FIFA World Cup 2010, UEFA European Championship 2012

It’s strange to be a Barcelona player and have one of your names as the Real Madrid stadium, but you don’t choose your surname. I’m proud to have a strange surname like that, if anything

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Andrew Murray is a freelance journalist, who regularly contributes to both the FourFourTwo magazine and website. Formerly a senior staff writer at FFT and a fluent Spanish speaker, he has interviewed major names such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sergio Aguero and Xavi. He was also named PPA New Consumer Journalist of the Year 2015.