Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has showered praise on former defensive partner Gerard Pique, claiming the Catalan is currently the best defender in the world.
During an appearance as part of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, Barca icon Puyol sat down with MARCA and spoke about the club and football in general.
Pique has been vital to Barcelona’s successful season so far and he clearly has Puyol’s backing.
Puyol was reminded about how the young Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as a huge prospect and Virgil van Dijk has exploded. He maintained a clear stance on the matter and adjudged Pique to be the best in the world.
“Gerard Pique, without a doubt,” he said when asked about who the best defender in the world is.
Puyol went a step further and admitted that Pique is a better defender than he was, during his playing days.
“Yes, he’s the best central defender in the world. We’re different. He is key to Barcelona in everything he contributes, in his leadership. He’s a phenomenon and a great friend,” Puyol admitted.
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