Gerard Pique reveals how Pep Guardiola fined him for wearing short sleeves at Barcelona

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Gerard Pique reveals how Pep Guardiola fined him for wearing short sleeves at Barcelona

Stephen Oladehinde 11:47 - 02.04.2023

Gerard Pique, a former defender for Barcelona, has spoken up about the day Pep Guardiola reprimanded him for wearing short sleeves.

Guardiola and the former Barcelona defender worked together for four years at the Nou Camp, from 2008 to 2012. He received a reprimand and a punishment for wearing a short sleeve in chilly weather during his playing days under Guardiola.

After progressing through the club's youth system, the former Spanish defender played for Barcelona for 14 years and made a total of 397 appearances before announcing his retirement for the club in November 2022, midway through his 15th season.

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Gerard Pique scolded by Guardiola

Now the 36-year-old veteran has admitted he had a scolding and a fine from Guardiola, who is currently at Manchester City, for not dressing warmly enough in cold conditions in Spain.

Speaking in an interview, Pique said: “Once it was very cold in Barcelona, but I was wearing short sleeves. A photo of me in the snow and me in short sleeves appeared.

“Pep saw it and scolded me, fined me, didn't call me for the game and made me pay for a meal for the team, as I was putting my health at risk.”

Pique was key to Barcelona’s success

Before Guardiola took over as manager, Pique made his way back to his hometown team from Barcelona in the summer of 2008. He quickly established himself as a major member of the defence. 

Under Guardiola, the centre-back went on to win three LaLiga titles and two Champions League trophies. In 2012, Guardiola joined German powerhouse Bayern Munich where he spent three years before joining Manchester United in 2016.

Guardiola's City team defeated rivals Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday, leaving them in second place in the Premier League, eight points behind Arsenal but with a game remaining. On Saturday, they play at struggling Southampton as they continue their hunt for the league title.

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