Gerard Piqué raised eyebrows on Wednesday by declaring that he and Spain international colleague Sergio Ramos are set to go into business together.
"It's a lie that Sergio Ramos and I get on badly - we get on phenomenally," the Barcelona player told a press conference held in a bid to diffuse the tension surrounding him in the wake of Sunday's Catalan independence referendum.
"What's more, we're going to be partners in a business venture I proposed to him."
Reported that Piqué, Ramos to collaborate on media platform
And although Piqué did not reveal details of the project, several outlets say that it is a media platform created for and by sportspeople called Power to the Players.
The 30-year-old has previously spoken of his plans to establish a "means of communication that is different, true, authentic and for the players":
6. Mi objetivo en los próximos meses es crear un medio de comunicación que sea diferente, veraz, auténtico y de los jugadores. Estoy harto.— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) 20 May 2017
Power to the Players would follow on from The Players' Tribune
Such a project would follow in the footsteps of The Players' Tribune, an English-language platform set up by the former baseball player Derek Jeter that directly publishes content written by professional athletes.