Barcelona defender Gerard Pique hit out at Spanish rivals Real Madrid earlier today. The Spanish defender, married to Shakira, has spoken out against Los Blancos and confirmed that his attitudes are never likely to shift.
"I won't change regarding club rivalry. I always wish Real Madrid to do badly", claimed Pique, as per the BBC.
The Spanish defender made these remarks following Spain's recent Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovakia, where a section of national supporters booed him.
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The boos were believed to be from Real Madrid supporters, and Pique - who has won the World Cup and European Championships with Spain - was unmoved by the jeers.
He continued: "I am like that, I want Madrid to always lose. That is the sporting rivalry that has always existed in Spain".
There was no room for doubt in Pique's comments. The former Manchester United man could face criticism from sections of the Spanish media for the remarks, which are likely to bring simmering factional tensions to the fore in the national side.
Barcelona and Real Madrid players play alongside each other in the Spain team, and Pique could upset harmony within the group with these comments.
The 28-year-old, who won the La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble last season, is unlikely to mind. His comments were bullish, and as long as Spain continue to win games, Pique may have a reprieve.
There will remain the lingering feeling among critics, however, that Pique's show of club loyalty is undermining the cause of the national team.