Barcelona Defender Gerard Pique Plays Down Franz Beckenbauer Comparisons

The Blaugrana defender has some way to go before being comparable to 'Der Kaiser'...
Ahead of Barcelona's match with Almeria this weekend, Gerard Pique has given his thoughts on the futures of fellow defenders Carles Puyol and Rafael Marquez.

"The two of them deserve to renew [their contracts] for all that they have done for the club and the performances that they are giving," the former Manchester United man told Sport.

"It's a pleasure to watch Rafa play and it's an honour to have 'Puyi' in the dressing room. I hope that he retires here with the captain's armband on his arm."

Some fans have likened Pique to the legendary defender Franz Beckenbauer, earning him the moniker 'Piquenbauer'. However, the 22-year-old has played down comparisons with the World Cup winner.

"There is a lot for me to do to become what he was. I don't know if you could truthfully compare me with him one day. Anyway, I am myself and Beckenbauer was Beckenbauer."

Anthony Wright,