BARCELONA defender Gerard Pique has hit back at claims he’s incomes £450,000 per week by posting a bank statement on social media.
The 34-year-old centre-back was considered one of three gamers whose wages have been supposedly leaked by Spanish TV3 programme Onze – with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba additionally reported to be on large salaries with the cash-strapped membership.
But Pique has shut down these claims with a screenshot showing half his annual pay – £2million.
This signifies that for the 12 months of 2021 he was paid £4m, a sum which works out as roughly £75,000 per week.
Along with the screenshot of the payroll statement, he additionally added a pointed remark to those that tried to reveal his wages.
He informed his Twitter followers: “Characters like this charging for public tv to defend their buddies.
“Here are 50 per cent of my payroll earned on December 30th. Respect yourself a little.”
Pique’s feedback come after a statement from Barcelona – whose money owed are believed to rack up to over £1BILLION – relating to the experiences of their gamers’ wages.
Speaking on Friday, the LaLiga facet mentioned: “In relation to the manifestations of Mr. Lluís Canut carried out yesterday in this system ‘Onze’ of TV3, FC Barcelona desires to make clear the next:
“1. The info on the salaries of sure first staff gamers has not, in any case, been offered by the Club and its origin is unknown.
“2. In any case, the quantities referred to within the info are faulty, don’t conform to actuality and, moreover, within the case of the primary three gamers referred to, it provides as fastened quantities that, being variable, will presumably by no means be reached. to advantage.
“3. It is fake that the aforementioned gamers have solely deferred 100% of their wage. Messrs. Piqué, Busquets and Alba gave up a part of their wage after they signed the final contract renewal final summer season.
“We consider it inappropriate, unprofessional and that it has acted in bad faith when this information is offered as true and truthful and we regret that data of this type is provided that affects the personal rights of the players and that deserves, when they are true, the highest confidentiality.”
Plenty of Barca’s most high-profile gamers have been compelled to take pay cuts due to the membership’s present monetary disaster.
And Lionel Messi in the end left the Nou Camp at no cost after a new contract couldn’t be agreed.
They have nonetheless been ready to signal Man City ahead Ferran Torres at the beginning of the January switch window, however they can not register him till gamers are bought or the wage invoice is decreased.
As properly as their off-field issues, Barca are additionally critically struggling on the pitch.
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The membership opted to change managers earlier this season when Ronald Koeman was changed by legendary midfielder Xavi.
But since then they’ve continued to falter – most notably within the Champions League the place they have been eradicated within the group levels for the primary time in 20 years.
In the LaLiga standings they sit fifth, 15 factors off desk toppers Real Madrid.
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