Collecting those air miles! Retired Spain ace Gerard Pique has travelled more than ANY other Barcelona player during international breaks this season
- Gerard Pique has travelled more than any other Barcelona player this season
- Despite retiring for Spain, Pique has 46,772 kilometres under his belt already
- His growing tennis commitments have taken him from the US to Shanghai
- Club bosses at the Catalan club are becoming concerned at the number of trips
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Despite calling time on his career with Spain after a dismal World Cup, Gerard Pique has racked up more miles than any other Barcelona player during international breaks this season.
Pique has already travelled 46,772 kilometres inside the past two months which has put some distance between himself and his club team-mates.
Barcelona’s club chiefs are believed to be concerned at the amount of travelling Pique is putting his body through this early in the campaign.
Gerard Pique has travelled more than any of Barcelona’s internationals so far this season
His growing tennis commitments have seen him travel regularly to America as well as China
The centre back’s fascination for tennis has taken him worldwide from Madrid to Shanghai and is becoming a big part of his schedule.
The 31-year-old’s first mammoth trip was his 15,000km return trip to Florida – just days after the start of the La Liga season – for a press announcement about the revamped Davis Cup.
Having missed training for that special press conference, he returned to the US soon after to watch the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.
He made the 20,000km trip to Shanghai recently to watch Novak Djokovic win the Masters
He is spearheading the new format for the Davis Cup and is kept busy in international breaks
A 20,000km trip to Asia for the Shanghai Masters saw him catch Novak Djokovic in scintillating form and he looks set to travel to London for the ATP Finals in November.
Pique, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, was in Madrid this week at a press breifing to talk through it all.
He said on Wednesday that world No 1 Rafael Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.
Stepping away from international duty looked set to be a boost for Barcelona but his growing tennis commitments are beginning to take their toll on the Catalan club’s bosses.
Only Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is getting anywhere near Pique’s amount of miles travelled in the international breaks.
Club bosses are growing concerned that he is travelling more than any other squad players
Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal is the only player who even gets close to Pique’s total
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