Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

The Brazilian stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all of his side's goals
In-form Neymar is good for all who love football – Emery
The Brazilian stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all of his side's goals
The Brazilian stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all of his side's goals
In-form Neymar is good for all who love football – Emery
The Brazilian stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all of his side's goals
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Neymar's moments against Rennes
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Neymar's moments against Rennes
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Neymar's moments against Rennes
Brazilian superstar produces world-class performance with two goals and two assists
Neymar stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all goals to leave Unai Emery singing his praises.
In-form Neymar is good for all who love football – Emery
Neymar stole the show in Paris Saint-Germain's 4-1 defeat of Rennes, having a hand in all goals to leave Unai Emery singing his praises.
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar on song for PSG
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar on song for PSG
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Cavani, Mbappe and Neymar on song for PSG
Paris Saint-Germain's big three were all on target as the Ligue 1 leaders cruised to a 4-1 win at Rennes on Saturday.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar (R) celebrates after scoring against Rennes on December 16, 2017, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar (R) celebrates after scoring against Rennes on December 16, 2017, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar (R) celebrates after scoring against Rennes on December 16, 2017, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, northwestern France (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)
Unai Emery's side are looking to maintain their stranglehold on the Ligue 1 title race with yet another away win - follow all the action LIVE!
Neymar on target twice as PSG rout Rennes
Unai Emery's side are looking to maintain their stranglehold on the Ligue 1 title race with yet another away win - follow all the action LIVE!
Paris Saint-Germain ended up as comfortable 4-1 winners at Rennes, with Neymar the star of the show in the Ligue 1 clash.
Rennes 1 Paris Saint-Germain 4: Two goals, two assists for Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain ended up as comfortable 4-1 winners at Rennes, with Neymar the star of the show in the Ligue 1 clash.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Neymar returns favour with Mbappe assist
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Neymar returns favour with Mbappe assist
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Neymar returns favour with Mbappe assist
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe continued their impressive partnership at Paris Saint-Germain, helping one another to a goal each in the first half of their trip to Rennes.
Gerard Piqué n’en veut pas à Neymar
Gerard Piqué : "En tant qu'ami, je comprend pourquoi Neymar est allé au PSG"
Gerard Piqué n’en veut pas à Neymar
Unai Emery's side are looking to maintain their stranglehold on the Ligue 1 title race with yet another away win - follow all the action LIVE!
Neymar on target twice as PSG rout Rennes
Unai Emery's side are looking to maintain their stranglehold on the Ligue 1 title race with yet another away win - follow all the action LIVE!
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
I never considered leaving PSG despite Neymar and Mbappe signings, insists Draxler
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
I never considered leaving PSG despite Neymar and Mbappe signings, insists Draxler
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
I never considered leaving PSG despite Neymar and Mbappe signings, insists Draxler
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
I never considered leaving PSG despite Neymar and Mbappe signings, insists Draxler
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
I never considered leaving PSG despite Neymar and Mbappe signings, insists Draxler
The Ligue 1 side's big spending last summer gave the German a conundrum, but he says he never thought about leaving
The signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe gave Julian Draxler a conundrum at Paris Saint-Germain, but he says he never thought about leaving.
I've never considered leaving PSG, insists Draxler
The signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe gave Julian Draxler a conundrum at Paris Saint-Germain, but he says he never thought about leaving.
Gossip: Ancelotti 'to replace Conte at Chelsea', Mourinho and Mkhitaryan in 'video bust-up', Neymar 'holds Real Madrid talks'
Gossip: Ancelotti 'to replace Conte at Chelsea', Mourinho and Mkhitaryan in 'video bust-up', Neymar 'holds Real Madrid talks'
Gossip: Ancelotti 'to replace Conte at Chelsea', Mourinho and Mkhitaryan in 'video bust-up', Neymar 'holds Real Madrid talks'
The Brazilian wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by his former team-mate
Pique claims he understood Neymar leaving Barcelona
The Brazilian wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by his former team-mate
The Brazilian wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by his former team-mate
Pique claims he understood Neymar leaving Barcelona
The Brazilian wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by his former team-mate
Neymar wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by Gerard Pique.
Pique: I understood why Neymar left Barca for PSG
Neymar wants to win the Ballon d'Or and his decision to join Paris Saint-Germain was understood by Gerard Pique.
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
Gerard Pique: 'Sometimes I am criticised for what I say, but I am not worried'
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
Gerard Pique: 'Sometimes I am criticised for what I say, but I am not worried'
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
Gerard Pique: 'Sometimes I am criticised for what I say, but I am not worried'
In the age of the footballer as a global superstar, there are very few who choose to make life more complicated for themselves by offering up their political opinion, but then Gerard Pique could always say that his life has been that bit different to the rest. At Barcelona, he has won it all – three Champions Leagues, six Spanish league titles – and with Spain a World Cup, and a European championship, having flourished on his return in 2008 from four transformative years at Manchester United. Now 30, he is part of the most glittering era in the history of Barcelona and the Spain national team, married to the Colombian singer Shakira and one of the most prominent Catalans in this turbulent time for the region. It was Pique who was closely associated with the separatist movement in Catalonia as an advocate of holding the October referendum, although he has never revealed which way he voted. In the tense aftermath of the vote he defended his position at a Spain press conference following calls for him to quit the national team. Pique’s point was that playing for Spain has never been incompatible with supporting independence, and he is adamant there is a political solution to the division. In January he launches his “Pique +” series on The Players’ Tribune website where he will interview footballers, including Lionel Messi and Neymar, and athletes from other sports. It would be fair to say that he has strong views on the media, and he sees his new platform as a place to talk about politics and sport. “Politics is always a difficult thing to talk about because, like football, the views are radical,” he says in conversation with Telegraph Sport, “you think this way, that guy thinks the opposite way. It is like nearly a fight and feelings are very strong.” Pique's face adorns a banner at the Nou Camp Two months after the referendum and there are still Catalan politicians and activists in jail. President Carles Puigdemont remains in exile in Brussels. Pique is still a Spain international and Barcelona are top of the league, reasserting themselves over Real Madrid, eight points back in fourth, with the season’s first Clasico on Dec 23. Speaking this week, Pique feels the situation is not at crisis point and there remains a political solution. “It is not easy. I think that people outside of Spain think that things here are worse than what it is. I don’t think we are in a really bad situation. It is a political problem but I think it will be solved by talking, by politicians doing their job. At the end of the day there is no violence, no fighting. Nothing like this. It is very calm, the same as one year ago. “The only problem is that there are a lot of people here in Catalonia who want to separate from Spain and a lot of people who don’t want to. We are talking about 50-50, more or less, and that is why it is difficult. When you have so many people in different ways of thinking and it is difficult to arrive at a position where everyone would be happy. It is okay. If you explain yourself with respect and trying to explain why you feel that way there is no problem at all.” His Twitter timeline is a curious mix of the archetypal footballer’s training pictures and post-match celebrations, contrasting with videos from around the referendum of police aggression towards Catalan voters, and opinions challenging the legitimacy of some media coverage. It was always a debate that was going to draw him in as a lifelong fan of the club, the grandson of a former Barcelona vice-president and one of Spain’s most successful footballers. Pique is still a key player for Barcelona and Spain Credit: GETTY IMAGES “I lived with this pressure since I was very young and I am 30 now, more than ten years playing for Barcelona and being a professional. I know words sometimes have consequences but I try to choose the correct words every time. Sometimes it is true that the truth hurts and sometimes people don’t want to hear it and they say you are wrong. At the end of the day we are humans. It is right that people [in football] like Gary Lineker speak and say what they think. I know him personally and I think he is a great guy.” Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017 Along with his friend Messi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets, Pique is part of the old guard who remain key to Barcelona. But it is a different Barcelona who will face Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 in February, without Neymar, the £198 million departure to Paris Saint Germain who is still, despite the acrimony of his move, a friend of Pique. “You try to do the best for your club and you also create relationships and friendships - with Neymar my relationship is really strong,” Pique says. “Even though it really hurt the club when he left. As a friend I could understand his decision and why he wanted to go to Paris. I tried to be fair to him no matter what. As a Barcelona fan it hurts and I understand that maybe some Barcelona fans are disappointed about how he left. A post shared by The Players' Tribune Global (@tptglobal) on Dec 15, 2017 at 3:15pm PST “But it is very difficult to find a player who stays at the same club for the whole of their carer. They need more motivation, they want to fight for new things. I know Neymar wanted the Ballon d’Or so I think it is fair he left for Paris where he will be the main star. If he does a good job in the Champions League and in France he has options to win the Ballon d’Or.” It is not PSG that Pique fancies in the final of the Champions League in Kiev in May, if Barcelona make it that far, but Manchester City led by his old boss Pep Guardiola. It is clear that the bond with the manager with whom he won it all is strong indeed. “For me, he [Guardiola] is one of the best coaches in the world. When I worked with him for four years at Barcelona we won most of the titles playing different football, a new football that right now every team wants to play: having the ball and controlling the possession. Because if you have the ball you control the game. What he is doing at City his year is amazing. He is breaking all the records. “I trust him a lot and last year I thought that he would win everything because I knew the potential Manchester City have with him as a coach. But it wasn’t possible and he needed that process to adapt to the country. Now you can see the players know what Pep wants and how he wants them to play. They are playing great football, they are strong favourites to win the Premier League. I hope they win the cup as well and if we can play them in the Champions League final that would be good.” Sport tweets of 2017 He has watched a lot of Chelsea and talks enthusiastically about their 3-4-3 system and his Spain team-mates there. “Every year is more difficult because clubs wants to beat us. It is a new chapter of our careers every year but this year we are doing things in a good way and we can win it again. The Champions League is really tough. It depends what shape you are in come February and March. You play two games and can be out the competition. You have to avoid having a bad day and you need a bit of luck because everything counts when the level is so similar.” There is a lot of football yet to be played but he is undaunted by doing so against a political backdrop of change and uncertainty in Catalonia. “I am always trying to give my opinion. Sometimes I am criticised for what I say but I am not worried at all. I am what I am and I will not change that. Every time they say something that is not fair or it is not true, I will say that.” For behind the scenes footage of Pique interviewing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, go to Instagram @tptglobal. The series will involve some of the world’s greatest players talking openly about their experiences in football. Pique says: “This kind of thing is perfect, to have a platform like this to ask questions and be open on your opinion in this game.”​
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Opponents respect us more when Neymar's playing - Emery
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Opponents respect us more when Neymar's playing - Emery
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Opponents respect us more when Neymar's playing - Emery
Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery believes Neymar commands more respect from other teams than the rest of his players.
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar flew home to Brazil for three days because of a "family problem" and returned to France on December 13, 2017 (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar flew home to Brazil for three days because of a "family problem" and returned to France on December 13, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar flew home to Brazil for three days because of a "family problem" and returned to France on December 13, 2017 (AFP Photo/Christof STACHE)
The former Barcelona winger returned home for personal reasons in midweek but will be back for the Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes this Saturday
Neymar not an injury risk after Brazil trip - Emery
The former Barcelona winger returned home for personal reasons in midweek but will be back for the Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes this Saturday
The former Barcelona winger returned home for personal reasons in midweek but will be back for the Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes this Saturday
Neymar not an injury risk after Brazil trip - Emery
The former Barcelona winger returned home for personal reasons in midweek but will be back for the Ligue 1 encounter with Rennes this Saturday
Neymar will join Thiago Motta in Paris Saint-Germain's squad for their Ligue 1 visit to sixth-placed Rennes.
Neymar not an injury risk after Brazil trip - Emery
Neymar will join Thiago Motta in Paris Saint-Germain's squad for their Ligue 1 visit to sixth-placed Rennes.

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