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Gerard Pique Claims Barcelona Can Compete for Trophies Despite Lionel Messi's Exit

Arjun Singh Devgan
Gerard Pique opened the scoring for Barcelona in their 4-2 win over Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Sunday
Gerard Pique opened the scoring for Barcelona in their 4-2 win over Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Sunday / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona star, Gerard Pique has insisted that the Catalan giants will "compete for all the trophies" and "will have fun this year" despite the departure of their greatest ever player, Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona started the 2021/22 season in the best possible way as they beat Real Sociedad 4-2 in their opener, with Gerard Pique, Martin Braithwaite (2) and Sergi Roberto all getting on the scoresheet on the night.

The win on the night was much needed for the club, especially after the circumstances surrounding Messi's emotional departure earlier in the summer.

"I don't have to explain what Leo represents, we all know it. He's the most important player in the history of this club and in the history of football. But all things must pass, we have to keep going. I think we have a good level, we'll be very competitive. I'm convinced we'll compete for all the trophies until the end," Pique said after the game.

"It's true that Leo not being here means we perhaps won't have the talent we had before. But the team has shown that we're all united. Up front we have goals, and I think at the back, despite the mistake and the free kick [that Real Sociedad scored] we were good.

"La Real played well but didn't create a lot of chances. I think we'll have fun this year."

Pique for his part was instrumental in ensuring that Barcelona could register new signings, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia as it was reported that the defender had taken a "significant" pay cut to make it happen.

The 34-year-old confirmed that fellow club captains, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto have intended to take pay cuts as the club adapt to their new financial reality.