Puyol, Xavi fought over journo Nuria Cunillera
A recent online report in Peru's Libero.pe claims that Barcelona and Spain teammates Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol were in love with the same girl — fashion journalist Nuria Cunillera — back in 2012, and even fought over her.
Before the big fight... Spain's Xavi and Carles Puyol on the flight to Johannesburg for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This was two years before the alleged fall-out between the duo over fashion journalist Nuria Cunillera. Pic/Getty Images
Together in love
The report says that both players had ended their relationships with their respective girlfriends at the time and fell in love with hottie Cunillera thereafter.
According to the report, Puyol probably knew that Cunillera could be tilted towards Xavi and yet pursued his interest in the lady.
The situation threatened to boil over when the two players confronted each other and nearly came to blows over Cunillera. Thankfully, things did not go out of hand, but the two players have not been in the best of terms ever since this ugly episode.
Coach Pep knew
Barcelona's former coach Pep Guardiola and most players are said to be in the know of this incident. However, no one has ever spoken about it in public.
Guardiola was even worried that the poor relationship between Puyol and Xavi could lead to a situation where the team might suffer given Puyol is their central defender and Xavi is their star midfielder.
Cunillera obviously fancied Xavi and the couple eventually tied the knot on July 13 last year at a lavish ceremony in Blanes, located in the Costa Brava region of Spain.
The ceremony was attended by most of Xavi's Barcelona teammates including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Jordi Alba, Victor Valdes, Javier Mascherano and Pedro
Puyol skips wedding
However, Puyol did not attend the function. He was said to be away on holiday at the time. Till date, Puyol and Xavi are not the friends that they once were!