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Gérard Piqué

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Barcelona’s Piqué started life as a centre-forward, which might explain his ease on the ball, even when under pressure from La Liga’s most fearsome strikers. And for a 24-year-old, he’s seen a bit of the world, having served an apprenticeship at Manchester United and caught the attention of Colombian songstress Shakira. Despite his many distractions, the Mango-attired, pop star-dating Piqué remains Europe’s most cultured central defender.