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Pique: Managing lucrative business in style off the pitch

Pique and Messi partners in progress

 

Gerard Pique is balancing football at Barcelona with running a million-pound company, which Lionel Messi has invested in.

The Spaniard has won everything with the Nou Camp giants, with eight La Liga honours and three Champions Leagues to his name.

But the 34-year-old has not been as involved with the squad this season as a knee injury has kept him out of action for 23 games.

Dressed for Executive role at kosmos

Pique, though, has been able to keep himself busy with running a company making millions.

The centre-back is an executive at Kosmos Holdings, the company he founded with friends in 2017.

They are an investment firm which has predominantly been involved in the historic Davis Cup tennis competitions.

It is a big venture the 34-year-old,sealed for $3b over 25 years with International Tennis Federation.

And it has even attracted the attention of Barca’s superstar Messi, who invested in the business two years ago.

Speaking in 2019, Pique said: “Leo knows more than anyone about this because he is involved in Kosmos.

“He is a partner, he is part of the Kosmos family, he likes tennis

“We have a relationship of 18 years since he arrived at the club and I always try to share with him things I’m thinking, he loves to be part of it and he wanted to be part of it.”

Pique and Messi’s money has also helped Kosmos Holdings acquire fifth-tier football club FC Andorra.

Buying the club in 2018, the Barca defender is the majority owner and has helped them reach the third tier in just a year.

And CEO Javier Alonso revealed last year how the 34-year-old fills his role as executive president for the business.

The chief said: “He is not in the details of the day-to-day. But now that we are close to the Davis Cup he knows the project perfectly.

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“He trains with FC Barcelona either in the morning or in the afternoon.

“He then has half the day free, and we can include him in the general aspect of what is going on.

Pique’s pal Messi also knows how to spend his money, splashing out of a £7m flat in Miami which even has a car lift.

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