BARCELONA defender Gerard Pique has countered claims he earns £450,000 a week by posting a bank statement on social media.
The 34-year-old centre-back is one of three players accused of leaking wages by the Spanish TV3 program Onze – with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba also reported to be receiving hefty salaries with the club short of cash.
Pique has denied he earns £450,000 a week at Barcelona[/caption]
But Pique quashed those claims with a screenshot showing half of his annual salary – £2m.
This means that in 2021 he is paid £4m, which equates to around £75,000 a week.
Along with a screenshot of his salary statement, he also added a candid comment for those trying to reveal his salary.
He told him Twitter follower: “Characters like this charge public television to defend their friends.
“This is 50% of my salary as of December 30th. Have a little respect for yourself.”
Pique’s comment came after a statement from Barcelona – where the debt is supposed to pile up 1 MILLION pounds – regarding the reports on the wages of their players.
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Speaking on Friday, the LaLiga side said: “Regarding the expressions Mr. Lluís Canut made yesterday on TV3’s ‘Onze’ program, FC Barcelona would like to clarify the following:
“first. In any event, salary information for certain first team players is not provided by the Club and its origin is unknown.
“2. In all cases, the amount mentioned in the information is false, inconsistent with reality and moreover, in the case of the first three players referred, the amount is considered as a fixed amount, may change, may never be achieved. merit.
“3. The fact that the players mentioned above only paid 100% of their salary late is wrong. Messrs, Piqué, Busquets and Alba gave up part of their salaries when they signed a final contract extension last summer.
“We consider it inappropriate, unprofessional, and acted in bad faith when this information was provided to be true, and we regret that data of this type being provided affects the rights of others. player’s privacy and it deserves, when they are true, the utmost confidentiality. ”
Some of Barca’s most famous players have been forced to take pay cuts due to the club’s current financial crisis.
And Lionel Messi has finally left the Nou Camp free after not being able to agree a new contract.
They can still Sign Man City striker Ferran Torres at the start of the January transfer window, but they can’t sign him up until the player is sold or the bill reduces wages.
Besides the problems off the pitch, Barca is also having serious difficulties on the pitch.
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The club opted to change managers earlier this season when Ronald Koeman was replaced by Legendary midfielder Xavi.
But since then, they have continued to falter – most notably in the Champions League, where they have eliminated in the group stage for the first time in 20 years.
On the La Liga rankings, they are 5th, 15 points behind the top team Real Madrid.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4417971/gerard-pique-barcelona-bank-statement-wages/ Gerard Pique posts bank statements suggesting Barcelona wages will bounce back as he claims the cash-strapped club pay him £450k a week