Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has opened up on how he grabbed his lovely spouse, pop star Shakira, and it was not the smoothest courting one can think of.
Pique met Shakira during the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, on the set of the video for the official song of the tournament – ‘Waka Waka’ (Time for Africa). After their initial meeting filming the video, Pique took her number but agonised over how to chat her up.
When he finally mustered up courage to do so, it was with the lamest line of all time.
He narrated his story to Spanish channel TV3.
“First time I met Shakira was in Madrid when we filmed the video for Waka Waka before the 2010 World Cup and I asked for her number.
“She arrived in South Africa before us (Spain’s national team) because she was singing at the opening ceremony. I sent her a text asking how the weather was because we were arriving in a few days.
“This is a typical stupid question that you write and normally get a response like, ‘it’s cold, bring a coat’. But she writes a long paragraph, detailing the change in temperature throughout the day.
“I thought, Jesus, this is not normal. It was in those details that I could tell there was affection.
“We started messaging each other throughout the tournament, but the only chance I would have of seeing her would be at the final because she was performing the closing ceremony.
“I told her that if I had to reach the final to see her I would do so. And that was the second time we met, after the World Cup Final.”
Spain won the trophy, Pique won the girl, and everyone lived happily ever after.