Gerard Pique said he was ‘hurt’ to hear the cartoon being aimed at a 3-0 Champions League group stage defeat against Bayern Munich against Barcelona’s team-mate Sergi Roberto on Tuesday.
Fans of Camp Nou had to be helped off the pitch as an injury meant he was unable to finish the game.
In defense of his compatriot, Pique noted that the Spaniard played outside of his more natural role as a midfielder.
What was said?
“It hurts me a lot personally because I know this person, he’s a spectacular person and he loves this club more,” Pique said. Movistar.
“I also want to remind people that he is not a fullback, but a central player, a midfielder.
“It hurts a lot, but people are free to give their opinion, but if you ask me personally, it hurts a lot.”
Terrible statistics from Barca
The loss means that Barcelona have fallen for the first time in their history in three consecutive home games in Europe. They were scored 10-1 in the matches.
On top of that, the team for the first time in a Champions League affair since at least 2003-04 could not put a shot on goal.
The bigger picture
Even at home, a skewed defeat was not entirely unexpected, given the exodus of key players during the summer amid a financial crisis. Yet the first Champions League match of the post-Lionel Messi era gave a sharp look at how much the typically dominant club has disintegrated.
The Blaugrana will have to refocus quickly to avoid an exit in the group stage, with fellow group participants Benfica and Dynamo Kiev no strangers to this competition.