Defender and Shakira helped Barcelona to their $59M deal with Rakuten

Beginning from 2017/2018 season, Barcelona’s shirt sponsor will be Rakuten after signing a deal worth $59 million.

Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu (left) and CEO of Japanese company Rakuten Hiroshi Mikitani display the new team jersey after signing an agreement in Barcelona on November 16, 2016

Power couple Gerard Pique and Shakira help Barcelona to a $59 million deal with Japanese online retailer .

Barcelona on Wednesday, November 16 announced that they have signed a shirt deal with Rakuten to replace their contract with Qatar Airways.

Pique and his partner of six years, Shakira who are friends with the president of Rakuten, helped arranged the deal.

“Pique and his partner Shakira know Rakuten president Hiroshi Mikitani and they had dinner in San Francisco in 2015 when some of the foundations were laid,” Barcelona vice president Manel Arroyo said.

The couple was present at the celebratory dinner on Wednesday.

Pique and Shakira have been dating since 2010 after meeting on the set of Waka Waka-Time for Africa, the pop star’s 2010 FIFA World Cup anthem.

The couple has two sons, two-year-old Milan and 11-month-old Sasha.

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