Former Spanish star Gerard Pique has admitted he “didn’t feel important” at the end of his time at Camp Nou and insists he doesn’t miss Barcelona at all.

The former Manchester United defender announced the end of his illustrious career in November 2022 after falling behind Ronald Araujo and Andreas Christensen in Barcelona’s defensive line pecking order under Xavi.

Now Pique has opened up about his decision to retire after 15 years with Camp Nou’s senior team, 3 Champions League titles, and 30 major trophies.

“I quit football for a lot of reasons. I’ve always said that when I don’t enjoy it and I don’t feel important in the team, I quit. I didn’t feel as important as I felt in my career and it made me feel bad,” the 36-year-old told RAC1 said in an interview with

After retiring from professional football last year, Pique returned to Camp Nou to watch Barcelona’s Europa League knockout play-off tie against Manchester United but insisted he did not miss the Catalan club at all.

Asked about this, he replied: “No, not a bit. I’m very good. I have more time than ever. I see Barcelona sometimes, but I don’t miss it at all. It was a deliberate decision, although it seems to have been taken on the spur of the moment.” It seems. I thought it was the best fit after thinking about it for a few weeks and I don’t regret it.”

Pique is currently involved in his own seven-a-side celebrity football competition called Kings League, which also features former superstars such as Ronaldinho, Iker Casillas, Kun Aguero, and Javier Hernandez.