Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique has been reminiscing about his short lived career at Manchester United in an interview with TV3 and has described one specifically harsh prank that was played on teammate Patrice Evra, 90min reports.
Pique moved to Manchester United from Barcelona as a youth team player and spent four years at Old Trafford. Having struggled to make an impression, the Spanish defender returned home where he eventually re-signed for the Catalan giants in 2008.
Despite only making 12 appearances for the Red Devils, Pique insisted he enjoyed his time in Manchester and highlighted how much he liked the camaraderie at Old Trafford.
Speaking in the interview, he said:
“I’m a big fan of British humour. It was what I loved about Manchester. They don’t get offended when you play tricks on them. They try to get you back, but they don’t complain. Here at Barca, my humour hasn’t always been appreciated by everyone. I deflate teammates tires and other things, but this is nothing compared to what happened at United.”
Pique then revealed how he and his teammates played a cruel prank on left back Patrice Evra and it’s one that even the most ‘British’ of people might find a little too much.
“One day Patrice Evra came in with shoes that he’d been asking Nike for months to make. They had the name of his children on them and all these crazy details. He went into the shower and we created a small bonfire and burned them. We recorded it and then sent him the video.”
“In the first few years here (at Barca) I tried similar things but it didn’t work. It’s not the same culture.”
Whether its a cultural thing or not, Patrice Evra may have struggled to see the funny side at the time. Whilst the Frenchman, now with Juventus, comes across as a relaxed guy, it would take a strong man to see the funny side in this particular prank..
The pranks didn’t stop there however, as Pique revealed it was a regular occurrence and even something as mundane as a wearing a new shirt wasn’t safe.
“At United they would take an expensive shirt that you have bought and put it on the free-kick mannequins. The shirt would be ruined because of all the mud it would get on it every time the ball hit it.”
“It was a dressing room full of life.”
Yeah we don’t doubt you Gerard – it sounds it!