Banter and bragging rights are bound to occur in any competitive environment that boasts of a lighter side. And in regions like the La Liga, where victories between rivals are celebrated with the utmost vigor, one can only imagine the kind of trash talk that might go on.
Well, for once, we needn’t let our imagination or a made-up post on the internet dictate our knowledge of what kind of conversations might transpire between players.
Gerard Pique has revealed some juicy bits about conversations he has on one Whatsapp group in particular.
Speaking to The Players’ Tribune, the Barcelona defender remarked: “I’m going to let you in on a little inside information. Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp. I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca teammates. But my favourite one might surprise you.”
He certainly wasn’t wrong on that last count, as he went on to narrate: “Earlier this season, when we were already eight or nine points clear of Real Madrid in the league, I started a special group for some of the guys on the Spanish national team who play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“All we do in that group is talk s*** to one another about Barca and Real. It’s the best. We’re just like little kids. And the truth is, it’s especially hilarious for me right now, because now we’re up 15 points on Real in the league. So I’m getting very creative in my responses.”
Reminiscing about the times when Madrid were on top, he continues: “Last season, when the Real guys were winning everything, they were feeling pretty good. They were talking s*** constantly whenever I saw them at national team training.
“Man, every time they won a match last season, they were posting shirtless photos on Instagram from the locker room. Remember that? They were smiling and flexing their muscles like The Rock and saying #HalaMadrid and posting little trophy emojis.”
And what does he do now? “So I’m texting them in the WhatsApp group, ‘Come on guys, why so serious?!’ Then I put a little crying emoji, and a laughing emoji.”