Gerard Pique, the former Barcelona star defender, hung up his boots earlier this year in January, amidst the previous season (2022–23). The Spaniard, a product of Barcelona’s youth system, spent the majority of his illustrious career with the Catalan giants, FC Barcelona.
During his time at FC Barcelona, Piqué was a key figure for the club and played a crucial role in the iconic rivalry against arch-rival Real Madrid. His recent comments on Los Blancos’ Champions League title sparked a sharp response from Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Carlo Ancelotti claps back at Gerard Pique for Real Madrid UCL claim
Real Madrid has been a dominant force in European competition, boasting a record fourteen Champions League titles, a feat unparalleled by any other club. The closest competitor is AC Milan, which holds seven titles in its possession.
Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti was the manager who led both Real Madrid and Milan to their latest Champions League triumphs. The Italian tactician guided the Spanish giants through a dramatic UCL campaign, securing their 14th accolade. They achieved this by defeating Chelsea, PSG, and Man City in close encounters in the same run.
Karim Benzema’s consecutive hattricks and comeback heroics earned him the Ballon d’Or award, making him a truly deserved winner. Ancelotti has recently hit back at Gerard Piqué for his comments on their recent Champions League glory, dismissing any criticism of his team. He suggested that the former Barcelona center-back lives in his world, far from reality.
Ancelotti stated, “Pique lives in his world, which is not that of Real Madrid. I can assure you that there is not a single Real Madrid fan who can forget the fourteenth. It will be a Champions League that will be remembered for life,” Ancelotti remarked in a press conference.
What Gerard Pique said about Real Madrid’s UCL title win?
Recently, Gerard Piqué appeared on a Catalan radio show on Tuesday morning and claimed that Real Madrid’s recent Champions League victory was not a memorable campaign for the fans. He further stated that the opponents, PSG and Manchester City, were the better sides against Los Blancos in their knockout clashes.
He said, “When we win, we are remembered forever, when they win, it’s one more. The last Champions League title, which was a miracle because they were inferior in each round, no one will remember it.”
Post-retirement, Gerard Pique owns FC Andorra, a club that competes in the second tier of Spanish football. The former Manchester United center-back is also the co-founder, alongside the renowned Spanish online streamer and social media personality Ibai Llanos, of the King’s League—a seven-a-side futsal competition.