It should have been a simple pre-season friendly, one to put minutes in the legs and breath in the lungs. Instead, Real Madrid-Barcelona, it was a real match, complete with a mega brawl at the end of the first half, testimony that neither team would have accepted a defeat with a light heart. A tough, difficult match, especially for Gerard Piqué, targeted by the public who seem not to have forgiven him for breaking up with Shakira.
According to what has been reported by the Iberian press in recent months, it seems that chaos broke out in the family after he "was caught with another woman". Or rather, so revealed El Periodico, which also provided an identikit of the alleged lover: "A young blonde in her twenties, who studies and works as an event hostess". Hence, the choice of the Spanish footballer to return to live alone, in his splendid apartment in Carrer de Muntaner.
"We are sorry to confirm that we have separated," the pop star announced in early June. "To preserve the good of our children, who are our main priorities, we ask you to respect our privacy." An invitation that fell on deaf ears, given that Piqué himself was even chased by car by some photographers, complete with a final quarrel: on the other hand, it is not an easy moment for him, also considering the reconstructions of the newspapers.
Someone has labeled him as "out of control", lost in the good nights of the Catalan metropolis. Official confirmations – of course – have not arrived: he preferred to lower his head and think about training, to try to regain a starting shirt that is anything but obvious. But even on the pitch he did not find it easy: as if the difficulties on the green rectangle weren't enough, here the public took up almost as a block against him.
Although far from Spain (the friendly was held in Las Vegas, during an American tour), Piqué was overwhelmed by loud whistles every time he touched the ball. And at a certain point, from the stands, chants even rose in favor of Shakira. In short, private affairs this year risk undermining the player's performance and concentration. And the affair with the now ex-wife, to date, seems far from resolved.
Author: Michael Zippo