Spanish international Gerard Pique has explained the real reason why he left Manchester United for FC Barcelona in 2008.
The 28-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2004 and spent four seasons at the club struggling to get regular game time as Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – arguably the most dominant centre-back pairing in the Premier League at the time – were manager Sir Alex Ferguson's preferred central defenders.
"When I was there, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo, (Ryan) Giggs, (Paul) Scholes, Roy Keane (were there too). We won the Champions League in 2008. We won the league. It was a really, really good team," Pique told The Telegraph.
"The centre backs, Rio Ferdinand, Vidic. I was really unlucky. They never got injured. Then I left and then they started to get injuries! This is football, but I'm not really worried.
"It's true that I was happy in Manchester, even though I didn't play as much as I wanted to.
"But the day I finally signed for Barcelona and I came back, it was 'Wow, the dream comes true'.
"After this, we won a lot of titles and other dreams come true, but the main one was playing for the club that I had supported all my life."
The Spain defender won the Community Shield, the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League in his final season at United.
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