Gerard Pique is no stranger to this topic and in a Twitch interview with Ibai Llanos he even admitted that he likes it. The Barcelona defender, now retired, is happy to see himself in the papers. The 35-year-old player spoke about a variety of topics in a lengthy interview that lasted around 90 minutes. This included Florentino Perez’s role in the Super League and his red card against Osasuna, which we believe was rigged by the referee.
He said he agreed with Perez on several points before scrapping the Super League and acknowledged that football needs to change. “You have to try to enforce and change rules that have been around for years. I understand it’s hard. It is found in all sports. You have to find a way to focus. We see a lot of content on offer, not just sports. I have a few hours and want to spend some time getting as much information as possible. You need to create short and interesting products. 90 minutes seems like a lot to me. Let’s find a more interesting rule. I think football products are outdated”.
Pique said his son Milan loves football but rarely watches 90 minutes and also uses social media. “Attracting a young audience is much more difficult. We have to think about it. I will make a radical change, but people will not do it”.
He didn’t change the rules, but he applauded those who wanted the change. At Llanos’ suggestion, Pique came up with the idea of doing overtime. “Eleven vs. 11, 30 minutes of overtime. Let’s say players from each team come out every three minutes until they score. Sanctions are a piece of cake for me. The World Cup semi-finals were decided by penalty kicks… to make noise. “I know there are people who say shooting here threatens the future of the country, but I think it’s great.”
However, Whether or not people are open to Pique’s proposals, he appears to be part of a growing campaign among football’s elite seeking reform.