It may seem rather obvious to MUT 18 Coins point this out, but in January 2011 it's good to be Gerard Piqué. Still just 23 years old, the stylish Spanish center back has won the World Cup, two Champions League titles (with Barcelona and Manchester United) and three league crowns in Spain and England. He was recently named one of the world's top four defenders in the 2010 FIFA/FIFPro World XI, and his Barcelona team is on course for a historic season in European soccer.


Piqué is the rare central defender who has the chance to become a breakout global sports star. He's good at what he does. He wins. He even scores a few goals. And away from the field he's a handsome guy who gives interesting interviews in Spanish, Catalan and, yes, English, as I found out when we spoke for half an hour on Tuesday. Piqué touched on a number of topics, including how to defend Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the differences between Sir Alex Ferguson and


Pep Guardiola, the success of Barcelona's La Masía youth academy and the current Barça team's chances of becoming the greatest club team of all time. Here's our interview, which is edited for length and clarity: First off, how was it meeting Chad Ochocinco, the NFL player? He's a big soccer fan, and I know he was in Barcelona recently to visit with the team. Piqué: It was great to meet him. He said to me that he loves soccer and that he follows Real Madrid and Barcelona as well.


But he's a Madrid fan, he said to me. So I was little angry with him because he's the rival then. Did you give him any stick for that? I know he visited Real Madrid too. Piqué: I did. When he was in Madrid he spoke with Cristiano [Ronaldo] and with [José] Mourinho as well. So after that he came to Barcelona, and I presented him to all the Barcelona players. Some of them don't speak English, so I had to translate. I explained to him that Barcelona plays more interesting football for Buy Madden NFL 18 Coins the people.


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