After a fabulous career on the field, Barcelona star Lionel Messi is now venturing in the business world by becoming a key investor in teammate Gerard Pique’s investment firm Kosmos Holdings, the news which was announced by Pique himself.
“Leo knows more than anyone about this because he is involved in Kosmos (the company now running the Davis Cup),” Pique said.
“He is a partner, he is part of the Kosmos family, he likes tennis. We have a relationship of 18 years since he arrived at the club and I always try to share with him things I’m thinking, he loves to be part of it and he wanted to be part of it,“ he added
Kosmos signed a 25-year deal to run the Davis Cup, pumping in US$3 billion and will jointly run the competition alongside the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The new format has received heavy criticism from players like Leyton Hewitt and Roger Federer, especially due to Pique’s involvement in it.
Speaking about the backlash Pique responded by saying, “I hate it, because it’s not about me and I don’t want my name on the competition. Davis Cup history is so big. I hope we can change this opinion. After a few years, I hope they go back and say ‘We were wrong, Davis Cup is more alive than ever’.
“I respect the opinion of Lleyton, he was a great player. I can understand that when a footballer comes in the tennis world it can seem a little bit awkward or strange, but at the end of the day I’m not going to be changing the rules of tennis,” he added
The inaugural 18-nation finals, which has replaced the 16-nation World Group which is played throughout the year, will take place at Madrid’s La Caja Magica in November.