Gerard Piqué's new Casio sponsorship rubs salt in ex Shakira's wounds as Sergio Agüero roasts singer on Twitch
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Former Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué found himself in a funny but uncomfortable position after announcing that his soccer tournament franchise, Kings League, has struck a sponsorship deal with Japanese watchmaker Casio. Many interpreted it as a veiled dig at his ex-girlfriend, Shakira.
Piqué, considered one of the best defenders of his time, had hitherto not reacted to the Colombian singer's song with Bizarrap, 'BZRP Music Sessions #53', released on January 11, which has a line where she compares Piqué's present girlfriend, Clara Chia, to a Casio watch and herself to a Rolex. Piqué and Shakira dated for 12 years since 2010 and had two sons during that period. In June 2022, the pair announced their separation. The 35-year-old has since then been dating Clara Chia, a Public Relations (PR) professional involved with his events production company, Kosmos.
On January 13, Gerard Piqué while participating in the Twitch stream to promote Kings League, the soccer tournament of which he is president when he seemingly mocked Shakira's latest song diss with the endorsement deal, saying in Spanish, "Casio has sent us wrist watches. We reached a sponsorship agreement with Casio. The Kings League struck a deal with Casio." The announcement piqued the curiosity of other participants in the stream, which included former Manchester City striker and Argentina player, Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Spanish internet celebrity Ibai Llanos and YouTuber DjMaRiiO's.
When Ibai asked Agüero his views on why he thought Casio was added to the list of sponsors for the soccer tournament, the former Argentine player replied in Spanish, "Because of Shakira's song," prompting everyone to burst into laughter. After Agüero broke the ice, DjMaRiiO joined in, using the phrase "Yo sí, mientras no me salpique (I do, as long as I don't get splashed)," to answer a question, mocking a line from Shakira's latest number, where she sings, "Yo solo hago música, perdón que te salpique (I just make music, sorry if it splashes you)". Ibai concluded the banter with a phrase that translates to: "Rest in peace. Gerard Piqué".
Since the stream, fans have been flooding social media with memes about Agüero's straight-faced roast of the singer. The comments section of the tweet posted by the handle '¿Por qué es tendencia?' has also turned into a meme fest. "El Kun al final es lo máximo (The Kun at the end is the best)," wrote one user, referring to Agüero by his nickname. Another user, sharing a meme depicting laughter and minting of money wrote, "Los dueños de Casio ahora mismo. (Casio owners right now)".
El Kun al final es lo máximo 😂😂😂— Maia Chacra🚀💥 (@MAIAchacra) January 13, 2023
Los dueños de Casio ahora mismo. pic.twitter.com/f0kvhNM5tX— Román Ezequiel (@Roma1406_) January 13, 2023
Some Twitteratti, however, also took a dig at Piqué, criticizing him for splitting up with Shakira. "No puedo creer que shakira salía con este tipo (I can't believe shakira was dating this guy) " wrote one user, while another commented, "Increíble q después de lo q le hizo a los hijos este así de tranquilo (It is incredible that after what he did to his children he is this calm)."
No puedo creer que shakira salía con este tipo, tiene razón con lo de ejercitar un poco más el cerebro— ℓ (@LilaOkay) January 13, 2023
Increíble q después de lo q le hizo a los hijos este así de tranquilo , yo me llamaría a silencio x respeto y q no se olvide q todo lo q dió le vuelve multiplicado es asi por suerte la vida ,sientate y espera q todo llega.— Lulee (@Luleesar) January 14, 2023