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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce their split after 11 years as one of football’s most famous couples, adding to the Barcelona star’s troubling year on and off the pitch


Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique and Colombian popstar Shakira have announced they have split after 11 years together.

Football is claimed to have left the family home, with both parties keen to make their two children the top priority during this troubling time.

Pique and Shakira were one of the hottest couples in football
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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce their split after 11 years as one of football’s most famous couples, adding to the Barcelona star’s troubling year on and off the pitch
Pique has endured a troubling year on and off the pitch
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The Barcelona star first met the global pop sensation in 2010 while filming the music video for Shakira’s hit ‘Waka Waka’. [This Time for Africa] – the soundtrack of the World Cup in South Africa.

In a statement released Saturday by Shakira’s communications agency, the Colombian singer said, “We regret to confirm that we are separating.

“For the well-being of our children, which is our highest priority, we ask that you respect their privacy.

“Thanks for understanding.”

The statement confirms the end of what will no doubt be remembered as one of football’s famous relationships, comparable to ‘Posh and Becks’, Victoria and David Beckham.

Of course, such a high-profile breakup will be difficult for Pique after a turbulent year both on and off the pitch.


Gerard Pique and Shakira announce their split after 11 years as one of football’s most famous couples, adding to the Barcelona star’s troubling year on and off the pitch
Pop star Shakira regularly watched Pique in action for Barcelona
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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce their split after 11 years as one of football’s most famous couples, adding to the Barcelona star’s troubling year on and off the pitch
World Cup and European Championship winner Pique and Colombian pop superstar Shakira share two children together
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Gerard Pique and Shakira announce their split after 11 years as one of football’s most famous couples, adding to the Barcelona star’s troubling year on and off the pitch
The Barcelona star will look to focus on his football next season
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As Barcelona faced a huge financial struggle over the past 12 months, the 35-year-old opted to take a huge pay cut in order to help the club secure their long-term economic future.

It was also a year of consolidation on the pitch as Barcelona fell to second place in La Liga, while being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage.


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