Given that he has played for Manchester United and Barcelona, Gerard Pique has been fortunate enough to play in some fantastic stadiums.
It comes with the territory. Pique has played for two of Europe’s elite teams, and, therefore, has been afforded the chance to travel to a number of different countries and entertain crowds in a number of different stadia.
On Tuesday, it was Arsenal’s magnificent, 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium. On Sunday, it’s back to the prestigious Camp Nou.
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Following Barcelona’s 2-0 win against the Gunners in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Pique hosted a question and answer session on his Twitter page and was asked to name his top three stadiums.
Obviously, he opted for the Camp Nou and Old Trafford as two of his selections.
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The third was always going to be a tricky choice. The Emirates is a worthy option, as is Real Madrid’s Bernabeu, which Pique plays in at least once a year.
He’s also played in the San Siro, home to Inter and AC Milan.
Another stadium that Pique will never forget playing in is Soccer City in Johannesburg, the scene of Spain’s 2010 World Cup triumph in South Africa.
But the Spain international went for Bayern Munich’s impressive Allianz Arena.
A wonderful arena, but it’s quite an odd selection when considering how Pique has fared in Bayern’s home.
The 29-year-old has never won at the Allianz in his three appearances as a Barcelona player and was even on the end of a 4-0 thumping by the German champions in 2013.
His other two games at the stadium ended in a 1-1 draw in 2009 and a 3-2 loss last year.
Pique hardly has fond memories of the place.
However, he could hardly go for Madrid’s Bernabeu. Barcelona and Los Blancos share a fierce rivalry and Pique would have been ridiculed by his own supporters had he mentioned Madrid’s home.
The defender will entertain nearly 80,000 when Sevilla visit the Camp Nou on Sunday in a bid to end Barcelona’s 33-game unbeaten streak.
Luis Enrique’s team are well on their way to winning the La Liga title - they have an eight-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid - but their sights are set on much greater goals than just the Spanish title.
Barcelona won the treble last year and are on course to repeat the feat again this season. As well as their league advantage, Lionel Messi and co. have reached the final of the Copa del Rey and look set to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League following Tuesday’s 2-0 win.
The San Siro might replace the Allianz as one of Pique’s favourite arenas if Barcelona win this year’s Champions League final in Italy's famous stadium.
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