Gerard Piqué mentioned Rafael Márquez in the list of people who helped him become a “great central”; Yaya Touré and Carles Puyol consider the Mexican better
Defender of Barcelona Gerard Pique to consider Rafael Marquez as one of his ‘masters’ in the position, thanks to the time in which both coincided in the Catalan club, while his former teammate Yaya Toure he believes that the Mexican “was ten times better” than the Spaniard, who recently announced his retirement.
“Thank you Rij, Vidić, Gabi Milito, Rafael MarquezMascherano and especially Carles Puyol. I learned something from everyone,” he wrote on social networks. Gerard Pique in 2016 when a user asked him about the players who made him a “great centre-back”.
As a player Barcelona, Rafael Marquez he played for six and a half seasons, from the summer of 2003 until the winter break of 2010, and shared the locker room with Gerard Pique during his last year and a half as a culé. His career includes just under 250 matches with the Catalan team, as well as twelve titles in all competitions, including several medals in the UEFA Champions League.
for his part, Gerard Pique is in its fifteenth season with Barcelonamore than 600 games in which he defended the elastic culé and 30 trophies on his personal account acquired with the club.
Despite the above, the former Ivorian soccer player Yaya Tourewho shared a team with both of them Rafael Marquez Mr Gerard Piquebecause he was a part Barcelona From the beginning of the 2007-08 season to the end of the 2009-10 cycle, he believes that the Mexican was better than his European counterpart.
“Rafael Marquez he was one of the toughest defenders, but people don’t remember him because he didn’t play in England. If you want to remember it, you have to go to YouTube, but I think it was ten times better than Gerard Pique“.
“The two are similar, but Pique he is a little taller. Ten times better, believe me, it was very good. People will decide when they see it on YouTube; If you see him, he’s fantastic, I was in love with him,” he told Sky Sports.
For his part, another one of the players who Gerard Pique considered mentors, Carles Puyolhe recently stated that he too has an advantage over the duo he founded with Rafael Marquez.
“Very well, one of the best couples; we understood each other just by looking at each other. She understood me better than s Pique“.
“Gerard he contributed in attack and liked to go, but I thought: ‘we already have players in attack, we have to defend’. WITH Rafa It was clear, and he contributed a lot, great technique. We turned around a complicated club situation and won trophies. It was easy because he is very good and a very good person,” said Puyol.