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Barcelona defender Pique: They tell me retirement is the ABYSS

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admits he's unsure how he will handle retirement.

Pique is now driving the Davis Cup of tennis, but says he doesn't know what to expect when he hangs up the boots.

He told El Hormiguero: "I have spoken with my colleagues and when your career ends it is the abyss. You have been playing since you were 16 years old and suddenly one day everything ends. No matter how prepared you are, they tell you that it is the precipice and they take a long time to adapt to the new life. Besides the fact that before you were a star and then nobody recognises you.

"It would be a pleasure if they didn't recognise me. Nobody teaches us. AFE, LaLiga or FEF would be good if they prepared people for this change. People in the 90s who made a lot of money and if they don't manage it well they now don't have much money. If you don't manage wealth well, it goes away very quickly. The mind is not prepared.

"I have tried in recent years to prepare for this life to touch me once I retire and have another routine. You are going to miss the pitch, but you will have another work environment in a company. It's not going to be that hard, but I'm sure I'm going to miss it."


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