A report from Spain has claimed Pique is the highest-paid player at Camp Nou by quite some margin.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has posted a screenshot of a bank statement to silence rumors over his salary.
Speaking on Catalan TV3 program ‘Onze’ of Esport 3 on Wednesday, journalist Lluis Canut said Pique is the biggest earner at Camp Nou ahead of fellow captains Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba in a list consisting of eight players.
Despite Pique agreeing to a pay cut last August, Canut claimed the 34-year-old would earn €28 million.
Pique hits back on social media
Evidently unimpressed by such claims, Pique shared a screenshot of his latest payment of 50% of his salary – a cool €2.3 million – to his 20m Twitter followers.
“Characters like this charging for public television to defend their friends,” he wrote in the caption.
“Here is 50 percent of my payroll earned on December 30th. Respect yourself a little.”
Personatges com aquest cobrant d’una televisió pública per defensar els seus amics. Aquí tens el 50% de la meva nòmina cobrada a 30 de desembre. Respecta’t una mica. https://t.co/luHsMMqJD8 pic.twitter.com/l4IAtqvexU
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) January 7, 2022
Barcelona issue a statement on salary claims
The Blaugrana, who reported a debt of €1.35 billion last summer, released a statement on Friday as well to dismiss Canut’s claims.
It read: “In relation to the manifestations of Mr. Lluís Canut carried out yesterday in the program ‘Onze’ of TV3, FC Barcelona wants to clarify the following”
“1. The information on the salaries of certain first-team players has not, in any case, been provided by the Club and its origin is unknown.
“2. In any case, the amounts referred to in the information are erroneous, do not conform to reality and, furthermore, in the case of the first three players referred to, it gives as fixed amounts that, being variable, will possibly never be reached. to merit.
“3. It is false that the aforementioned players have only deferred 100% of their salary. Messrs. Piqué, Busquets and Alba gave up part of their salary when they signed the last contract renewal last summer.
“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.”
Pique and Barcelona return to action on Saturday for their third game of 2022 away to Granada in La Liga. For match details and betting tips, visit this link here.