Gerard Pique who was born on February 2, 1987, in Barcelona has developed into one of the finest centre-backs of his generation. He was highly-rated as a youth prospect at Barcelona which led to Manchester United procuring his service. In a move which has been widely mocked, the United management then chose to retain Jonny Evans over Pique, thinking he had a better chance of becoming a better defender. This led to Pique’s return to Barcelona and under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, he has established himself not only as a tenacious tackler, but an elegant ball-playing playmaker from the back.
See some of his best tackles, interceptions and passes: