Gerard Pique took advantage of the two days off given to the Barcelona squad after the Villarreal win to travel to Madrid to take in the Mutua Madrid Open, which is ongoing until Sunday.
During the first round game between David Ferrer and Mikhail Kukushkin, which the Barça defender was watching from the stands, the cameras regularly focused on him. And when they did, Pique appeared on the big screen, receiving boos from a large number of the people there watching.
It’s not the first time the Catalan has been jeered. On several occasions with the Spanish national team, his own supporters have whistled him, forcing him to take the decision recently to announce that he will retire from international football after next summer’s World Cup.
Pique is jeered for various reasons, among them comments he has made about Real Madrid.
Even Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has advised Gerard Pique against public criticism of the club in future, suggesting it causes tension amongst the Spanish national team as a whole when they meet for international fixtures.
The Barcelona defender hit the headlines recently for slamming the values of Los Blancos, which even led to the club seriously considering taking legal action against him.
“When Pique attacks Real Madrid, our club, our crest, our colours it does have an impact,” he told Universo Valdano in an interview.
“These are things that can be avoided and which should not be done but sometimes when everything is calm and quiet, Pique needs to cause a stir and have that extra hustle and bustle in his life.”
The former Sevilla man insisted that he himself has learned to think differently given his position of responsibility but does not think that there is any real malice towards anyone in his international colleague’s comments.
“I’m a very temperamental guy but when you wear the armband of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, you have to think differently,” he added.
“I don’t think that Pique really has any bad opinion about any of my Madrid teammates though.”