As Barcelona’s ‘highest earner’ row drags on, Gerard Pique releases his six-month pay slip.
Gerard Pique, a Barcelona defender, has responded angrily to a TV presenter’s claims that he is the club’s highest earner by posting his most recent pay slip on social media.
Gerard Pique has used his most recent pay slip to refute claims that he is Barcelona’s highest-paid player, revealing that he earned nearly £2 million in the previous six months.
Pique is the club’s highest earner, according to Spanish television presenter Lluis Canut, who claimed on TV3 that he earns £11.7 million per year after taxes.
Pique’s pre-tax earnings of £23.4 million surpassed those of Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, according to Canut, who earn £19.2 million and £16.7 million, respectively.
The World Cup-winning defender, on the other hand, has refuted these claims, revealing that he was paid just under £2 million in the final six months of 2021.
Pique posted a screenshot of a bank statement showing that the club paid him £1.94 million in December, which is half his annual salary.
“Public television pays people like this to defend their friends,” he added.
As of December 30, here is 50% of my salary.
Have a little bit of self-respect.”
Verification of the payslip is not possible.
Pique, on the other hand, is believed to be one of a number of Barcelona players who took pay cuts in the summer to help the club’s financial woes.
The pay cuts allowed the Spanish giants to register their new summer signings, Eric Garcia and Memphis Depay, among them.
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“In relation to comments made by Lluis Canut on TV3, Barcelona would like to clarify the following,” reads a statement from the club.
The club has not provided any information on the salaries of certain first-team players, and its source is unknown.
In any case, the figures in the information are inaccurate and do not reflect reality.
Furthermore, in the case of the first three players mentioned [Pique, Busquets, and Alba], it provides fixed amounts that, due to the variable nature of the sums involved, may never be reached.
It’s also incorrect to say that the aforementioned players have only deferred their pay.
When Pique, Busquets, and Alba renewed their contracts last summer, they agreed to forego a portion of their pay.
“We believe it is inappropriate.”
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