Gerard Pique played his part as Barcelona handed out a drubbing to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, and his wife Shakira joined in on the praise for the centre back.

It hasn’t been a particularly great season for Pique, as his age has seemed to catch up with him and his powers as a centre back have been on the wane.

Mix in a reported off field falling out with former mate Lionel Messi, over his role in the seven time Ballon d’Or winner’s departure from Barca, and Pique’s certainly had been periods of his career.

On Sunday though, the World Cup winning centre back and his teammates looked back to their best, as they destroyed La Liga leaders Real in the 249th El Clasico.

After the match, Pique sent a message to say Barca were ‘back’ and now his wife has added her support, calling the Spanish defender the ‘best in the world.’

“Gerard won’t let me say these things publicly,” she posted on the extremely public forum Instagram.

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“But only he with his heroism can play like this, overcoming any injury or pain and always giving his best.

“It’s not because he’s my husband, but he’s the best center back in the world.”

 

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen did have to make one excellent save early on, but it was Xavi’s side who started as the better and they deserved their opening goal.

It came just before the half hour mark, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, already enjoying the beginning of his Nou Camp career, headed home from a cross by Ousmane Dembele.

Just a few minutes later Vinicius Jr was adamant he should have a penalty, after surging into the box and being felled by Ter-Stegen, but it was clearly a dive, something Pique had a word with the Brazilian over.

Ronald Araujo then doubled the visitors lead when he headed home from a corner, and already Carlo Ancelotti’s team looked in disarray.

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Ferran Torres looked certain to score in the opening minute of the second half but he somehow hit his shot wide, and would have been grateful for the offside flag, although VAR may have overruled that.

A minute later the former Manchester City forward did have his goal though, after Aubameyang had sent him through against Thibaut Courtois.

The Gabon forward then had his second of the game after Pique found Torres, who offloaded to Aubu to strike past the onrushing Courtois.

Real were incensed as the linesman’s flag had been raised and felt the ball to Torres was offside, however VAR proved that it was onside and the defenders should have played to the whistle.

If last night was a warning that Barcelona are back then no one heard it as loudly as those at the Bernabeu.

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