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Gerard Piqué – Football Player


Full name: Gerard Piqué Bernabéu

Date of birth: 2 February 1987 (age 29)

Place of birth: Barcelona, Spain

Height: 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)

Playing position: Centre-back

Spouse/Partnet: Shakira

Children: Milan and Sasha


Early Life

Gerard Piqué Bernabéu was born on 2 February 1987, in Barcelona, Spain. He is a Spanish professional footballer who was a part of the teams that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team and is one of the four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto’o. He was interested in football from a young age and began his youth career in 1997 when he entered the FC Barcelona academy as a ten year old. Energetic, focused and talented, he soon matured into a young player who displayed great potential to be a future football star. With time he passed through the various youth levels and was especially skilled at adapting to different positions on the field. He also gained a reputation for scoring goals despite his defensive position, a trait that would help a lot in his future professional career. He made his debut for Manchester United in 2004 as a replacement for John O’Shea. A few years later Gerard got an offer from FC Barcelona and it became a turning point in his career. He has also represented Spain, making his debut in 2009.

He is one of four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto’o.

He played an integral role in the Spain team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.


Childhood and Personal Life

Gerard Piqué Bernabeu was born on 2 February 1987, in Barcelona, Spain, to Joan Piqué and Montserrat Bernabeu. His father is a business man while his mother is the director of a prestigious spinal injuries hospital in Barcelona. Piqué was raised in a Catalan family. He has a younger brother, Marc. His grandfather, Amador Bernabeu, is a former vice-president of Barcelona FC. Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Piqué started his career in FC Barcelona’s youth teams as a defensive midfielder, but before he signed his first professional contract with the club, he decided to join Manchester United. He was among the main defenders of his team and practiced in the academy for several years, passing through the various youth levels and age categories (Alevín A, Infantil B and A, Cadete B and A and Juvenil B and A). A talented and hard working youngster, he won numerous titles along the way.

During his time at the academy, he blossomed into a skilled player who displayed a great ability to adapt to different positions on the field. He also became popular for scoring goals despite his defensive position. He left FC Barcelona at the end of the 2003–04 season.

He is in a relationship with Colombian singer Shakira who he first met when he appeared in the music video for her single “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The couple have two children, Milan and Sasha.


Playing Career

Gerard Pique made his debut for Manchester United in October 2004 as a replacement for John O’Shea as a centre-back in a Carling Cup match against Crewe Alexandra which his team won.

He made his full debut on 29 March 2006 against West Ham United, in a Premier League match at Old Trafford, playing at right back, as Gary Neville was unavailable through injury.

Manchester United loaned him to La Liga side Real Zaragoza for the 2006–07 season. He got the chance to play 22 matches alongside Argentine Gabriel Milito, either as a stopper or a holding midfielder. However, he also spent much of his time on the bench.

Gerard Pique returned to Manchester United in 2007–08 and had a memorable season in the Champions League. He scored the first of Manchester United’s four goals in the 4–0 home win against Dynamo Kyiv on 7 November 2007 and scored his second goal in an away match against Roma on 12 December 2007.

On 27 May 2008, Piqué signed a four-year contract with Barcelona, with a €5 million buy-out clause. Barcelona paid a £5 million fee for the player. He expressed his joy at re-signing with his boyhood club, although he admitted he had enjoyed his spell at Manchester United:

“I am very happy to be back, I didn’t think I would be here again but this is very good for me. Manchester United is a great club and I enjoyed winning things. To play with world class players has helped me and now I want to continue this at Barça.”

His first domestic goal for the club followed two months later, on 29 January 2009, in a Copa del Rey match against local rivals Espanyol.

On 13 May 2009, he picked up the first trophy of his Barcelona career as he helped his club to a 4–1 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final. Three days later, Barcelona clinched the league title after Real Madrid lost 3–2 to Villarreal, with two games left in the season.

He was a part of the Barcelona team which beat Argentine club Estudiantes 2–1 in the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup Final. He played a key role in the match as he assisted Pedro Rodríguez’s 89th minute equalizing goal which took the match to extra-time.

He played in 39 official matches in the 2013–14 season as a part of the Barcelona team and scored four goals, two in the league and two more in the UCL. However he was plagued by injuries that forced him to miss out on the crucial Copa del Rey Final against Real Madrid.

On 20 May 2014, Piqué signed a contract extension with Barcelona, keeping him at the club until 2019. In 2014–15, he played 43 games for Barcelona.

On 6 June 2015, Piqué started for Barça in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, as the club won its fifth European Cup by beating Juventus at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice. Piqué, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves and Pedro are the only players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.

Piqué was a member of the Spain under-19 side that won the 2006 U-19 European Championship in Poland.

Subsequently, he played in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, starting all six of Spain’s matches and scoring a goal in the team’s come-from-behind 4–2 victory over Brazil in the round of 16.

He was called to play for the Spain national football team in 2009. After making an appearance in a friendly match against England, he played as a replacement for injured team-mate Carles Puyol in the 2010 World Cup qualifier against Turkey at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, and scored his team’s only goal.

He played as Spain’s first-choice centre-back playing alongside Puyol at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. His partnership with Puyol saw Spain concede only twice in seven World Cup matches. Spain went on to emerge victorious in the tournament after defeating the Netherlands 1–0 in the final.

Gerard Pique was a part of the Spanish national team that participated in the UEFA Euro 2012 campaign. He partnered Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence and successfully converted the team’s third penalty in a semi-final shoot-out win over Portugal.

At the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, Piqué was the third of Spain’s seven successful takers in a 7–6 shootout win over Italy at the semi-final stage.

At the UEFA Euro 2016 opening group game for Spain, Piqué scored his fifth goal for his country, a late header in a 1–0 victory against the Czech Republic.

He is a modern defender, who combines strength with good technique and passing. Due to his height and physical attributes, he is good in the air. Although he is primarily deployed as a centre back, he is a tactically versatile player who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder; he has also been deployed as a sweeper on occasion, showing similarities to German legend, Franz Beckenbauer, thus earning the sobriquet “Piquénbauer” from fans and media alike. He has also occasionally been known to utilise his height as an additional attacking threat by advancing into more offensive positions.




  • Premier League: 2007–08
  • FA Community Shield: 2007
  • UEFA Champions League: 2007–08


  • La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
  • UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015



  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2012
  • UEFA U-19 European Championship: 2006


  • La Liga Breakthrough Player of the Year: 2008-09
  • La Liga Best Defender: 2009-10
  • La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15
  • UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2012
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016
  • FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
  • ESM Team of the Year: 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15


  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011

The Celebrity Apprentice is an American television reality competition series. It is a variation of The Apprentice series, and was hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2017, though originally hosted by Donald Trump. Like its precursor, the show's opening theme song is "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays. Unlike its precursor, however, Celebrity Apprentice consists of celebrities as competing apprentices rather than unknowns. Some of the celebrities are relatively current while others tend to be those who have been out of the public eye for some time. All of them are competing to win money for a charitable organization of their choice. The celebrities come from a wide variety of different fields in the media: sitcoms, professional sports, music industry, reality television, radio, and other backgrounds.

The Celebrity Apprentice is linked in seasons to its precursor TV show, The Apprentice, which consists of seasons one to six and season ten. The Celebrity Apprentice consists of seasons seven to nine and eleven to fifteen.

The eighth season (15th overall) premiered on January 2, 2017.[1]

On August 3, 2017, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said that the show has effectively been cancelled.[2]


Main article: Format of The Apprentice

The format of The Celebrity Apprentice follows that of the original The Apprentice, outside of living arrangements; there is no communal living space, and celebrities are not required to live in the city during filming, allowing them to maintain their own appearance schedule which may cause them to miss out on tasks at times. The two teams are given separate suites near the boardroom which they can use for planning and other activities related to the tasks.

Additionally, the celebrities as contestants are not vying for a job, but instead each has selected a charity that they are playing for. The winner of each season gets a large donation made to that charity by the host, but in addition, winning project managers may also receive additional charity money by winning a task, either as a fixed amount set by the host and/or a participating business, or by the total charitable take they made on the task. The host also has discretion to provide charity funds to eliminated celebrities as a consolation prize.

On a first logo: Panamort Television/Warner Bros. Television/2.2 Productions/paraMedia/Telepictures Productions

On the last logo: Mark Burnett Productions/Trump Productions


On July 6, 2007, it was announced that The Apprentice had been renewed for a seventh season, with a possibility of an eighth.[3] In an effort to revitalize interest in the series, season seven[4] featured celebrities playing the game to raise money for charities, going under the name The Celebrity Apprentice as opposed to continuing under The Apprentice format. British tabloid editor Piers Morgan was declared the winner of that season. On January 28, 2008, NBC confirmed that season eight would feature celebrities playing the game to raise money for charity. That season premiered in March 2009, and resulted in a win for comedian Joan Rivers.[5]

Season three of The Celebrity Apprentice aired in the spring of 2010, and was won by musician Bret Michaels.

On March 17, 2010, NBC officially stated that a new season of the original Apprentice would be brought back, with the explanation that regular working people would again attract audiences in light of the damaged U.S. economy. That season premiered September 16, 2010.[6] This time the ratings were low, and both Trump and Producer Mark Burnett returned to the 'Celebrity' format, which saw John Rich win in season four. In season five, late night host Arsenio Hall won. In season six, the first all-star season took place, bringing back 14 of the most memorable celebrities to compete for the first title of the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, which country singer Trace Adkins won. In season seven, Donald Trump returned the show to the regular Celebrity Apprentice format; TV anchor and talk show host Leeza Gibbons won the season.

After Trump announced his intentions to run for President of the United States in the 2016 election in 2015, NBC began to re-evaluate their business relationship with Trump and whether he could still be host of The Apprentice series.[7] NBC stated that they opted to sever their business ties with Trump following politically-charged comments that Trump made in June 2015, and began seeking a new host for the show.[8] However, Trump stated that it was his decision to end the relationship with NBC "out of respect", even though he had been approached by Burnett and NBC to host two more seasons of the show just prior to his presidential bid.[9] In an April 2016 interview, Trump revealed he earned about $213 million from the show over its 14 seasons.[10]

In September 2015, NBC announced that actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger would become the new host of The Celebrity Apprentice to premiere during the 2016–17 television season.[11] The rebooted series, The New Celebrity Apprentice first broadcast on January 2, 2017.[12] Trump will remain credited as an Executive Producer to the show, including what is estimated as a five-figure per-show fee as well as ongoing profits from the franchise through MGM, the production entity for the show.[13]

On March 3, 2017, NBC announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped down as host of The Celebrity Apprentice, leaving the show's future up in the air. Schwarzenegger cited poor ratings as well as his feud with President Trump as factors in his decision.[14]

Statistics by season[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Note: Given that the show is a sequel television series, the below "statistics by season" chart is a continuation from its precursor's (The Apprentice) "statistics by season" chart. Note as well that season 10 is omitted from the chart below as the show reverted to The Apprentice for that season.

SeasonHostWinnerWinner's charityTime slotSeason premiereSeason finaleTV seasonRankingViewers
(in millions)
Finale viewers
(in millions)
7Donald TrumpPiers MorganIntrepid Fallen Heroes FundThursday
9:00 pm
January 3, 2008March 27, 20082007–084811.0[15]12.1[16]
8Joan RiversGod's Love We DeliverSunday
9:00 pm
March 1, 2009May 10, 20092008–09529.0[17]8.7[18]
9Bret MichaelsAmerican Diabetes AssociationMarch 14, 2010May 23, 20102009-10597.4[19]9.3[20]
11John RichSt. Jude Children's Research HospitalMarch 6, 2011May 22, 20112010–11468.8[21]8.3[22]
12Arsenio HallMagic Johnson FoundationFebruary 19, 2012May 20, 20122011–1273[23]7.1[23]6.9[24]
13Trace AdkinsAmerican Red CrossMarch 3, 2013May 19, 20132012–1384[25]5.6[25]5.3
14Leeza GibbonsLeeza's Care ConnectionMonday
8:00 pm
January 4, 2015February 16, 20152014–1567[26]7.6[26]6.1
15Arnold SchwarzeneggerMatt IsemanArthritis FoundationJanuary 2, 2017February 13, 20172016–1790[27]4.8[27]3.5[28]

Create a logo (Warner Bros. Television, FremantleMedia Enterprises, NBC Enterprises, Mark Burnett Productions, Trump Productions, LLC)

Candidates by season[edit]

Note: Winners are indicated in Bold; second-place finishers are indicated in Italics.

Celebrity Apprentice 1 (season 7)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 7)

Celebrity Apprentice 2 (season 8)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 8)

Celebrity Apprentice 3 (season 9)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 9)

Celebrity Apprentice 4 (season 11)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 11)

Celebrity Apprentice 5 (season 12)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 12)

Celebrity Apprentice 6 (season 13)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 13)

Celebrity Apprentice 7 (season 14)[edit]

Main article: The Apprentice (U.S. season 14)

The New Celebrity Apprentice (season 15)[edit]

Main article: The New Celebrity Apprentice

Similar shows in other nations[edit]


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  15. ^11 million watch Celebrity Apprentice, which was the top-rated 18–49 show of the night realityblurred.com
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