Be Like Ronaldinho

If men’s football can thrill and inspire people, women’s football can, too.

Why I Play for Iraq

I was checking my Facebook page when the message popped up. “Are you Iraqi?” it read. Nothing else. To this day, I still think to myself, Why did I respond to that Facebook message? I had no idea what would…

Even God Loves Napoli

Before I begin this story, I have to start by apologizing to God. And by “God,” I mean “D10S” ... Mr. Maradona. I also want to apologize to my father. Because when I was eight years old, I committed a…

Anche D10S Ama Napoli

Prima che inizio questa storia devo iniziare chiedendo perdono a D10S. E per D10S, intendo il Signor Maradona. Voglio anche chiedere perdono a mio padre. Perché, quando avevo otto anni, ho commesso un peccato.

What Must Change in U.S. Soccer

Maybe I’m not the guy you’d expect to be saying this, but it needs to be shouted from the mountaintops: The powers that be in U.S. Soccer have created a poisonous divide between the MLS players and the so-called “European”…

Zero to 100

I’m really happy to have reached 100 goals in the Premier League. When Tottenham sent me out on loan for two years, there were so many moments when I questioned whether I’d ever get the chance to score even one goal in…

Goodbye, Barcelona

On January 26, 2018, after 7½ seasons in Barcelona, Javier Mascherano bid farewell to la Blaugrana. Just before his move to China to play for Hebei China Fortune, the Argentine midfielder sat down with Gerard Piqué to reflect on his…

Anatomy of a Student-Athlete

I want to show that it’s beautiful to be strong. It’s beautiful to be muscular. It’s beautiful to be built.


The scandals and corruption we’ve seen do not represent the essence of football, or the values of the players who love this game. It’s time that we rebuild that trust among the football community.

Piqué+ Suárez

"You made your debut with the national team right before we met — when you played against me, against Spain, in the Under-20 World Cup in Canada in 2007. It was in February against Colombia. Tell me about the experience,…

Piqué+ Suárez (En Español)

Debutaste antes con la Selección antes de coincidir contra mí, contra España en el Mundial Sub-20 en Canadá en el 2007. Fue un febrero contra Colombia. Explica un poco las sensaciones porque acabaste expulsado, que no tenía ni idea de…

Piqué+ Neymar (En Portugués)

Olá, aqui estamos. Gerard Piqué para o The Players’ Tribune entrevistando o meu grande amigo Ney, o amigo do "se queda". Hahaha! Como você está, Ney?