Veteran Barcelona defender Gerard Pique published, through his account on “Twitter”, a bank account statement for his last salary, to refute allegations that he received the highest wages in the Catalan team.
The Spanish defender was one of the Barcelona players, whom the journalist Luis Canute said during his program “Onzi” on “TV3”, that they receive large sums, as he claimed that Pique is the highest paid among Barcelona players, with 28 million euros annually, He agreed to a pay cut this summer and received a loyalty bonus.
Pique, who was receiving an annual salary of 4.6 million euros before it was reduced, strongly criticized the journalist Canute, as he published a picture showing that he received half of his annual salary with Barcelona, and showing the figure of 2.3 million euros, and said: “People like this charge fees from public television for defense. About their friends, I got 50 percent of my salary in December, respect yourself a little bit.”
It is known that a number of Barcelona stars, including Pique, agreed to reduce their salaries at the beginning of the current season to reduce the burden on their team, which suffers from the accumulation of debts.
It is noteworthy that Barcelona star and historical scorer, Argentine Lionel Messi, left the team during the last summer transfer period, after the Catalan club failed to renew his contract, due to financial problems and the restrictions of the Financial Fair Play Law applied by the “La Liga” with regard to the ceiling for players’ salaries.
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