He’s best known for being Shakira’s boyfriend, but Spanish defender Gerard Piqué is a star in his own right. As a professional footballer he’s won just about everything possible, including the Premier League, La Liga, the Champions League and the European Championship. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil about to kick off, here’s some more info about the player we’ll be cheering on…
Star-Crossed Lovers: Gerard was born on 2 February 1987, the same day of the year as Shakira, who was born 10 years earlier in 1977.
Love and Lyrics: Piqué met Shakira on the set of the music video for her song Waka Waka (This Time for Africa), the official theme song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Family Ties: His grandfather was the former vice-president of FC Barcelona, and his current team-mate Cesc Fabregas has been his best friend since childhood.
Record Holder: After his girlfriend introduced him to Zumba, Gerard has been a regular follower of the fitness craze and even does it with his tot, Milan, watching.