Gerrard Piqué competes with the best even in poker
One of the best football defenders in the world
Gerard Piqué was born on February 2, 1987, in Barcelona, Catalonia. The 194-centimeter tall defender is one of the most successful footballers of his generation. He can boast several major titles in the club and international scene and individual awards.
Although Piqué's first professional contract was with England's Manchester United, he found his greatest fame in his native Barcelona with the local football club. With the Catalan team, he managed to win the Spanish league, the prestigious Champions League, the Spanish Cup, and the European Super Cup . several times alongside Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta. In the national jersey of Spain, he became both the World and European champion.
The end of the relationship with the famous Shakira
In addition to his performances on the green turf, Gerard Piqué also attracts attention with his private life and lifestyle. Until recently, he was a couple with the successful Colombian singer Shakira, with whom he has two sons, Milan and Sasha. The pair met in 2010 during preparations for the World Cup. She sang the iconic song Waka Waka for the championship. He and his Spanish teammates won it. Although Shakira is 10 years older than Piqué, the prominent couple has stayed together for several years. The turning point came in 2022 when Piqué was supposed to be unfaithful to Shakira. The couple subsequently confirmed publicly that the final whistle had blown in their relationship.
Piqué, casinos, and poker
Gerard Piqué is also known for his social life. This is evidenced by the fact that he has been actively involved in several major poker tournaments as a player. He won his first poker money back in 2011 at EPT Barcelona. He took home exactly $58,996 from the tournament at the time.
In 2014, he attended the prestigious World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas. However, Piqué, who had 140,000 in tournament chips, was knocked out of the tournament at the end of the second day by the American player, Michael Aron. 5 years later, he and then-teammate Arturo Vidal visited the €25,000 one-day 'High Roller' event at EPT Barcelona and didn't walk away empty-handed. He finished second in the tournament and took home a total prize of $392,515. "I love to compete and I love to compete with the best players in anything, in this case, poker," he commented to PokerNews in 2016 about his hobby. "So when I sit down at the table and I know some of the players because they're really good players, I enjoy it," he added.
In his poker career, Gerrard Piqué has earned $668,155 and holds the 31st spot on the All-Time Money list of Spanish poker players. Adrian Mateos reigns supreme with his total earnings of more than $28 million.