Lovebirds: Pique, Shakira Enjoy Winter Holiday Break in Colombia
Spanish star, Gerard Pique has used Barcelona’s break from action as an opportunity to join his partner, Shakira on a trip back to her home city in Colombia.
Pique and Barcelona’s teammates last played on December 21, when they beat Hercules 7-0 in the Copa del Rey, and will not return to action until January 5 when they face Atheltic Bilbao in he same competition.
The fortnight off has allowed Luis Enrique’s squad a chance to get away and recharge their batteries, ahead of a second-half of the season which will see them bid for domestic and European honours, with Pique and singer Shakira spending time in Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast.
The singer was born in the northern city and returned with her husband and their two sons for the festive period, with Pique sharing two images from their trip with his Instagram followers.
Central defender Pique posted a picture of himself and his partner with friends, sitting on a boat by the Magdalena River, which runs through the city, and captioned it to inform his followers exactly where they were.
In a second picture, the Barcelona star is signing a Atletico Junior shirt for a fan, which Shakira has previously been pictured wearing. The Barranquilla-based club finished fifth in the Colombian top flight last season, have won seven national titles and was the starting point for Milan forward Carlos Bacca.
Pique was given permission to miss the victory over Hercules to begin his break early, along with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, meaning they should return fresh when Barcelona resume their season.
After the clash with Bilbao, the Catalan club take on Villarreal and Las Palmas in La Liga, while Paris Saint-Germain lie in wait in the first knockout round of the Champions League. While Pique is in Colombia, Barcelona’s rivals Real Madrid have already returned to training ahead of the resumption of the Spanish season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side lead the table by three points and hold a game in hand on Barcelona, with the two old rivals due to meet again on April 23.