GERARD PIQUE is constructing a burgeoning enterprise empire that features esports, sun shades and even natural hamburgers.
The Barcelona defender retired from Spain responsibility after the World Cup – however has travelled extra on work issues than anybody within the Nou Camp facet since.
Throughout the previous two worldwide breaks since September, World Cup winner Pique has travelled a complete of 20,545 miles.
The Spain group in that very same time interval clocked simply 6,900 miles.
Pique’s many commitments imply he racked up extra miles than anybody else on the membership – regardless of no worldwide fixtures usually that means a much less hectic schedule.
That isn’t the case with Pique, along with his £2.3billion plan to revamp tennis’ Davis Cup taking precedence.
Throughout this month’s worldwide break, Pique, 31, hopped on a airplane to China for the 12,200-mile spherical journey to the Shanghai Masters.
After that got here a 745-mile spherical journey to Madrid to inform folks throughout a presentation that Rafa Nadal will play in his reformatted tennis occasion, which is being financially backed by Kosmos, the funding group he based.
The primary flight was a 7,600-mile spherical journey to New York for the US Open remaining – however it’s all simply the tip of the iceberg on the subject of Pique’s portfolio.
He began the Kypers sun shades model and fashions their shades for his 16.7 million Instagram followers.
They make an inexpensive line – the most costly of their Pique ‘premium’ vary on their web site is available in at £70 whereas the most cost effective are slightly below £22.
In 2013, Pique received along with main meat firm Noel Alimentaria to begin producing natural hamburgers underneath the identify Natrus.
They achieved gross sales simply shy of £1m of their first yr and Pique arrange the Yours restaurant – the place he was pictured taking spouse Shakira for a slap-up meal – however the companies closed in October 2017.
One venture Pique appears significantly pleased with is his 426 Miles sports activities drink.
He hatched the plan with former Nou Camp team-mate Carles Puyol in 2016.
The pair got here up with the model identify after listening to of a feminine polar bear that needed to swim that distance over the course of 9 straight days to achieve dry land because of melting ice.
Described because the “first 100 per cent pure isotonic drink”, a slick video on their official web site reveals Pique going for a run and Puyol taking part in tennis with the hashtag ‘pure intuition’.
The beverage is available in ‘Aurora’ flavour – strawberries, watermelon and pineapple – and ‘Polaris’ – orange, lemon, papaya and apple – and prices round £2.60 in outlets.
Pique was additionally concerned in online game firm, Kerad Video games, collectively making Golden Supervisor in 2013 – a Soccer Supervisor-type recreation.
Simply 26 when he launched what then was his first enterprise as an entrepreneur, the sport challenged gamers to run a membership not simply as head coach but additionally handle finance points a lot in the way in which a president would do.
It didn’t show profitable, nevertheless, and with reported losses of £2m closed in July this yr.
Not that that has put him off although, with Pique founding eFootball.Professional two years in the past.
And in February Barcelona signed an settlement with Pique to hitch its digital league.
The three-time Champions League winner’s enterprise acumen is such that it has even led to him giving a chat at Harvard.
The world’s most prestigious college enlisted Pique to lecture college students on Barcelona as a part of its ‘leisure, media and sports activities trade’ masterclass final September.
His speech to 180 college students got here simply after the person himself attended a enterprise course on the American college.
And the hyperlinks to Harvard don’t cease there, with Pique having lunch with former scholar and Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg in February 2016.
Posting a snap of the 2 of them together with billionaire Zuckerberg’s spouse Priscilla, Pique wrote: “Joyful to see you once more Priscilla and @zuck. Hope you could have had a good time in Barcelona.”
However Pique’s off-field actions have additionally created awkward conditions along with his employer.
The centre-back was behind the manufacturing firm that made a documentary following Antoine Griezmann via his decision-making course of on whether or not to remain at Atletico Madrid or settle for a suggestion to hitch Barcelona on the finish of final season.
Griezmann, a lot to Barcelona’s chagrin, stayed put.
Married to pop star Shakira, Pique shares her love for the highlight.
An enormous fan favourite at Camp Nou, that hasn’t stopped some slamming the star for his shocker within the 2-1 defeat to Leganes final month.
Nor has he shied from collaborating within the extremely tense debate in Spain about Catalonia’s secessionist motion, saying that whereas he would not need the rich northeastern area to interrupt away, he does help efforts to carry a referendum on independence.
Pique signed a contract extension with Barcelona in January that’s good via the top of the 2021-22 season.
He’ll then be 35, and Pique has even flirted with the potential of transferring up into Barcelona’s board room by turning into the membership’s future president.
His large reputation amongst Barcelona’s supporters make him a greater than credible candidate.
“I’d be an atypical president,” Pique mentioned earlier this yr. “I do not know. We are going to see. I must be motivated at the moment.”