; born 2 February 1987) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.
A product of Barça's cantera, La Masia, Piqué initially left the club for Manchester United in 2004, where he remained for four years, before returning to Barça under Pep Guardiola's leadership, helping the club win trebles in 2008––15.
The Premier League side did not pay a fee for Piqué as he was too young to have a professional contract.
Piqué made his debut for Manchester United in October 2004, as a late replacement for John O'Shea in a 3–0 League Cup victory at Crewe Alexandra as a centre back.
His performances, most notably in the reserve team, earned him a new contract, which he signed in February 2005 to run until the summer of 2009.
On 4 August 2006, however, La Liga side Real Zaragoza secured Piqué on a season-long loan.
The conditions of the loan involved Piqué having to feature in at least 20 games for the Aragonese club, which he did, as he made 22 first team appearances in a successful spell, alongside Argentine Gabriel Milito, either as a centre back or a defensive midfielder.
On , it was announced that Piqué would be staying at Old Trafford for the following season.Sir Alex Ferguson had intended to assess Piqué's form at La Romareda on 6 May, prior to a meeting where the two parties would discuss Piqué's future prospects with the club.However, Ferguson was unable to attend on account of airline difficulties.Piqué's return to Old Trafford saw him make nine league appearances during the 2007–08 season.He scored on his first start in the UEFA Champions League, a 4–0 home win against Dynamo Kyiv on 7 November 2007, as Piqué scored the first of Manchester United's four goals in that match."I am very happy to be back, I didn't think I would be here again but this is very good for me.