Pique: Why I didn’t congratulate Messi after FIFA 2023 World Cup win

Why I didn't congratulate Messi after World Cup heroics - Pique

Former Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has revealed why he did not congratulate his former teammate Lionel Messi on winning the FIFA World Cup.

Since his retirement from professional football in 2022, Gerard Pique has been making the headlines.

Former Spain international has been known to be one of the most controversial footballers of all time.

The 36-year-old Spaniard was linked with wild rumours concerning affairs off and on the pitch during his playing days, from his past relationship with Colombian singer Shakira to club politics.

Pique has now opened up on his relationship with one of his former teammates, perhaps his greatest, Lionel Messi after admitting to not congratulating the Barca legend following his World Cup success with Argentina last December.

Despite playing together for over a decade, Pique revealed he did not congratulate his former colleague after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

“No, not really. Since my retirement I have disconnected from football,” he was quoted to have recently told renowned TikToker John Nellis via Mundo Deportivo.

The 36-year-old Spaniard also said that he could not watch any of the World Cup matches except for the final. “My last few months were hard.” Pique added.

However, the former Barca defender also submitted that Messi remains the best player in the world.

“As a striker and for various reasons I would say, Messi.”he said when asked by Nellis who he thought was the best player in the world.

He continued: “He is the best in the world right now and I think he is the best ever in this game among those who won the World Cup. It was his dream.”

Pique also made mention of players like Iker Casillas, Cesc Fabregas, and Carles Puyol among the best footballers that he had shared the pitch with.

Gerard Pique’s and Lionel Messi saw their relationship break down since the Argentine’s exit from Camp Nou in 2021.

 According to reports from the Spanish media, Pique was the main push behind Messi’s exit from Barcelona, after describing the situation as ‘financially suitable’ for the club.