Gerard Pique 'almost s**t himself' after incident with Roy Keane aged 18
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Gerard Pique once 'almost s**t himself' during an intense interaction with former Manchester United captain Roy Keane.
The Irishman made his name as a no-nonsense midfielder on the pitch while also commanding respect off it.
It's something Pique, who was only 18-years-old at the time, found out when his phone went off inside the changing room.
He explained to the Player's Tribune: "One of my very first matches at Old Trafford, we were in the dressing room getting ready, and I was nervous as hell.
"Imagine it - I'm 18 years old, and I'm sitting in that little dressing room putting on my socks next to Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand. I wanted to be invisible. I was thinking, 'Just do your job and go unnoticed'.
"So we're sitting there waiting for the gaffer (Sir Alex Ferguson) to come in and speak to us, and I'm literally sitting right next to Roy Keane.
"The dressing room is so small that our legs are almost touching. There's no space at all. It's dead quiet. All of a sudden, you could hear this little vibration. Very soft. Roy is looking around the room.
"I realise it's me. It's my cell phone. I left it on vibrate, and it's in the pocket of my pants, stuffed in the clothes bag that's hanging right behind Roy's head.
"Roy can't find where the noise is coming from. Now he's looking around the room like a maniac.
"He screams out to everybody, 'Whose phone is that?!'. Silence. He asks again. Silence. He asks a third time. 'Whose. Bloody. F***ing. Phone. Is. That?!' Finally, I spoke up, like a little boy. Very softly, I said, 'I'm so sorry. It's mine'.
"Roy lost his mind! He went nuts in front of everybody! It was incredible. I almost s**t myself. But it was a good lesson."
Keane would depart United in late 2005 after a falling out with manager Sir Alex Ferguson and signed for Scottish side Celtic.
Pique would remain at Old Trafford as an understudy to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic before returning to boyhood side Barcelona in 2008 and winning eight La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.
He has announced his retirement at the age of 35 and will play his final game as a professional against Almeria at the weekend.
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