Gerard pricks He has already played his last minutes as a professional. The central defender said goodbye in the game against Almeria at Camp Nou and from now on his life will be centered on the business he previously combined with football. Kosmos is his main asset, but he has other companies that also bring him profits.
In addition, Piqué acted as an intermediary to transport the Spanish Super Cup against Saudi Arabia. The tournament was played there for the first time in 2020 and the RFEF has an agreement with the government of the Asian country to host the competition until 2029. For his intervention in the negotiations, the Barça central defender will receive a total of 24 million euros in six years.
The intermediation of Hammered for the sponsorship of Barça
The 35-year-old defender has also taken other steps off the pitch which have directly affected his club, Barcelona. For example, Pique was one of the keys to the negotiation so that Rakuten became Barca’s shirt sponsor in 2017. The centre’s friendly relationship with Hiroshi Mikitani, founder and CEO of Rakuten, then served to bring the two entities together.
To date, Rakuten, who since June 30 of this year no longer sponsors Barça, is the main Davis Cup Sponsor since Kosmos took over the organization of the contest in 2019 and changed the format. Since then, the final phase is called the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals. Kosmos’ goal is to invest $3,000 million in the tournament over a 25-year period.
Davis Cup Organizer
This November, between the 22nd and the 27th, the final phase of this new Davis Cup will be played for the third time. The venue this time will be Malaga, which takes over from Madrid, the city that hosted him in 2019 and in 2021 (in 2020 he could not be played due to the coronavirus pandemic). Going forward, as tournament director David Ferrer explained in a recent interview with EFE, the The objective is to “extend” the competition geographically.
On the other hand, Pique has also caused some unhappiness at Barcelona. In 2018, the Barça player made, via Kosmos, the documentary ‘The decision’, in which Antoine Griezmann made public that he was staying at Atlético de Madrid and that he would not sign for the Catalan club. This fact hurt Josep Maria Bartomeu’s board very badly, although he didn’t do anything in the end.
His first steps in the world of video games
Pique’s first business venture was Kerad Games, a video game company founded in 2011 which intended to offer with ‘Golden Manager’ a modernized version of the historical ‘PC Soccer’. But the bet did not go as planned. It also wasn’t a hit with Yours, an upscale burger restaurant.
Everything changed in 2017, when he founded the “holding” Kosmos, which he co-directed with his friend Hiroshi Mikitani. The first two major movements were to lead to the organization of the Davis Cup and the purchase of Andorra on December 29, 2018, when Kosmos took over the debt the club was carrying, then in the Catalan Premier, the fifth division of Spanish football.
The first purchase of a club
But in the summer of 2019, he bought Reus’ place in the second division B for a price of 452,022 euros and last season they were promoted to the second division for their sporting merits. Currently, Andorra, formed byr Eder Sarabiasecond to Quique Setién in Barcelona, is ninth in the standings with 21 points after 14 days of contention.
Pique’s last big deal was founding in 2021 with content creator Ibai Llanos of KOI, an eSports club that has just achieved a major milestone by merging with Europe’s League of Legends (LoL) champions Rogue. Thus, KOI will now have seven teams: League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, FIFA, Valorant, Rocket League, Rainbow Six: Siege and Call of Duty.