Football: Gerard Pique flies into Singapore for short business trip

Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg  Juventus vs Barcelona, on April 11, 2017 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg Juventus vs Barcelona, on April 11, 2017 at the Juventus stadium in Turin.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Barcelona star Gerard Pique has flown into Singapore on a short layover for a business trip.

The 30-year-old centre-back met with representatives from Sports Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board on Thursday (July 6) to explore possible opportunities to host a sporting event here.

He is believed to have flown in from Qatar where he was involved in Barca's promotional pre-season tour alongside teammates Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.

The trio also played a testimonial match on July 4 in Sidon, Lebanon for Lebanese footballer Roda Antar who recently retired.

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Pique played a pivotal role in the heart of the Barcelona defence this season in a campaign which saw them lift both the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey.

The Catalan side, however, failed to retain their LaLiga title, finishing runners up to rivals Real Madrid.

While Pique's trip to Singapore was not publicised, national swimmer Danny Yeo was among the lucky few to get a photo with the Spanish star.

Pique departs Singapore on Friday.