He made himself beg. In extremis Piqué arrived at the Gala of the stars of the Catalan Football Federation to collect his prize for "best Catalan footballer of the year". The Catalan coach, Gerard López, had already given his face for him in the face of his apparent absence: «If Piqué has not come, it will be because some unexpected event has come up at the last minute. His commitment to the Federation has always been total ».
Gerard Piqué suddenly appeared in the course of the gala – held a month after its initial date by political tension – to thank the award and insist that «My priority is football, soccer and football». «It seems that I was distracted by Davis, but this award is for everything I worked last year and this year will be the same. The love for this shirt is sacred and will be until the day I retire. The desire is and will be more years, ”said the central culé. He also had time to joke. He arrived directly from a London flight and did not wear the appropriate attire: "Today Riqui (who did dress up) has surpassed me," he acknowledged, laughing.
The Barça squad, Riqui Puig, also received the "Catalan player with the greatest projection" award. Puig, who in the last weeks has starred in a cross of controversial statements with Patrick Kluivert, director of formative football at Barça and who recently recommended him to be assigned. «My intention is to be patient and take advantage of opportunities when they arrive, as Xavi or Iniesta did», he confessed at the watchful eye of his president, Bartomeu. Thus, the young culé insisted that his goal is "to continue at home, at Barça."
The gala also rewarded all the levels of Catalan football and especially arbitration, which was represented in two awards. Pep Guardiola intervened through a video to thank the title of "best Catalan coach of the year."
These were all the winners:
Best soccer player: Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona).
Best soccer player: Aitana Bonmatí (FC Barcelona).
Soccer projection player award: Ricard `Riqui¿ Puig (FC Barcelona).
Soccer projection player award: Laia Aleixandri (Atlético de Madrid).
Best football coach: Pep Guardiola.
Best referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández.
Best futsal player: Dídac Plana (FC Barcelona).
Best futsal player: Berta Velasco (AE Penya Esplugues).
Best indoor soccer coach: Clàudia Pons (Spanish team).
Top scorer award: Gerard Deulofeu (Watford FC).
Top scorer award: Alèxia Putellas (FC Barcelona).
In addition, the Catalan will deliver the ‘Jury Prize’ to RCD Espanyol, for its classification in the Europa League, and to the referee Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo, for his sports career.