Gerard Pique could have retired from playing for Spain in 2018 however he had been in international action on Monday night.

The Barcelona defender, also a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, performed for Catalonia in a friendly against Venezuela.

Catalonia aren’t recognised by soccer regulating bodies Fifa of all Uefa so the game does not need official status but had been played in front of a near capacity crowd in Girona.

It is Pique’s 10th cover for the region and also his first since he retired from playing for Spain following the 2018 World Cup.

Catalonia won the game 2-1 using Stoke City striker Bojan scoring the opening goal.

Venezuela, that be at Lionel Messi’s Argentina past week, equalised through Roberto Rosales however Espanyol’s Javi Puado felt the winner for the home side in the 87th minute.

Brighton Fullback Martin Montoya and Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu, as well as Real Betis’ Marc Bartra, also showcased for Catalonia.

Many Spanish nightclubs had prevented their players linking up with the squad but said the conclusions were because of injuries as opposed to political factors.

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi was called up but was not able to play due to club commitments together with his Qatari unwanted Al Sadd.

Catalonia is really just a semi-autonomous region in north eastern Spain, so it has significant governing powers of a unique.

The government held an referendum about 1 October 20 17 and declared independence from Spain weeks after but Spanish authorities said that the vote was not illegal.

Pique, who won 10 3 caps for Spain, has contributed his support for Catalan liberty in yesteryear and was often jeered by Spain fans when playing for the national team, partly as a result of his stance on the issue.

A range of leaders of those failed independence bid are now on trial in Spain, facing charges for example rebellion and sedition.

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