‘Being whistled by the fans… it’s better than sex!’: Barcelona star Gerard Pique risks the wrath of Shakira as he reveals how excited he is to face his team’s local rivals Espanyol – which he says ‘NOTHING compares to’!
- Barcelona star Gerard Pique says that playing against Espanyol is better than sex
- The 35-year-old has scored six times in his career against Barca’s Catalan rivals
- However, he was shown a red card at Estadi Cornella-El Prat earlier this season
- Pique has been in a relationship with Colombian singer Shakira since 2011
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has risked the wrath of Shakira by claiming that playing against Espanyol is better than sex.
While many would consider El Clasico against Real Madrid to be Barca’s biggest rivalry, their derby fixtures against Catalan neighbours Espanyol are also fierce contests.
Espanyol’s relegation from La Liga in 2020 meant that last season there was no Barcelona derby for the first time in 27 years, but the rivalry has been rekindled after they achieved promotion at the first time of asking.
Gerard Pique says that he enjoys facing Barcelona’s rivals Espanyol more than any other club
Barcelona won 1-0 against Los Periquitos at the Nou Camp in November before drawing 2-2 at Estadi Cornella-El Prat in February, with Pique being sent off for a second yellow card in the 92nd minute.
‘I’m happy that Espanyol has been promoted to the first division because that’s how we play in their stadium,’ Pique said in an interview with YouTuber Jordi Wild.
‘I like to go there, I get whistled at all the time. You laugh and the fans get even madder.
‘There is nothing comparable in the world. I would say it’s better than sex. I enjoy it a lot more than playing against Real Madrid.’
Pique has been in a relationship with Shakira since 2011 and they have two children together
The 35-year-old was sent off against Espanyol in February after receiving two yellow cards
Pique has scored more goals against Espanyol (six) than he has against any other club in his career.
It would certainly be interesting to see what his long-time partner Shakira makes of his comments.
Pique has been in a relationship with the Colombian singer since 2011, with the pair having met while filming the music video for her World Cup song Waka Waka the previous year. They have two sons together.
After the 35-year-old made his 600th appearance for Barcelona last month, Shakira marked the landmark with a heartfelt post on social media.
Pique and Shakira met while filming the music video for her 2010 World Cup song Waka Waka
The Spanish defender says that he enjoys being whistled at by the Espanyol supporters
‘You are made of a material that only God knows and for me you are the best example of struggle, perseverance and sincerity for our children,’ she said.
‘These years with you I have realized that you came to this world to change paradigms. You have so much left to give us, in football and in so many other aspects of your extraordinary life.
‘Because there is not, nor will there be another Gerard Pique. An exceptional human being.’