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Piqué: "Of course I'd like to be Barça president one day"

In TV3 programme "Fora de Serie" the defender admitted that the president's post is one he would like to take when his playing career is over.
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Piqué: "Of course I'd like to be Barça president one day"
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Gerard Piqué was the special guest on this evening's "Fora de Serie programme, broadcast by TV3 and the player insisted in his idea to one day become Barcelona's president: "It's a step I would like to take once I have retired from playing. Of course I would like to be Barça president because I can't really see myself in the role of a coach, I don't think I would enjoy that so much. But I see myself fitting into the president's job because this is a club  which I feel passionately about. I also think that when a player's playing career comes to an end, the logical next step, at least for me, is to become president", Piqué explained.

The centre-back also spoke about the Catalunya estelada flags which have proved problematic with UEFA: "I can't see why it's a problem that people bring esteladas to Camp Nou. And I think that UEFA, the institution which has decided to prohibnit them from the ground, are in the wrong".

Good vibes

Piqué also talked about the atmosphere within the Spain squad. "Right now, the mood is really great. The day before a game, we meet in the captain's room, and when Iker is not with us, it's Ramos. My relationship with him is good - it's good!".

Pals with Cristiano at United

He said the same about Cristiano Ronaldo: "Our relationship is good. At Manchester United, he was one of the three or four players who I got on best with. Cristiano is natural-born competitor - a machine. His mind, every inch of his body is made to try and be a better player every day, there's no one who is quite as ambitious as him. He's one of the best players in the history of football. Ambitious to the point of illness? All of the great stars reach that level of ambition, I don't know whether it's an illness or not. But those people are right at the limit".

Without Messi, everything will change

As for Leo Messi, he said: "He has been so completely unique, so decisive... When Messi calls it a day, it will be like our father dying and we will have to fly solo - and that is going to be tough. Will Barça always win? No. We have to try to bring in a new, winning era. The day that Messi goes, the ability to win which we have shown in recent years will go too; it will really leave us exposed. But that's what sport is like".