Spanish footballer Gerard Pique responded to a report by a journalist regarding his salary on Saturday by sharing a screenshot of his bank statement. A journalist named Lluis Canut has reported on live TV that Pique is Barcelona’s highest paid player, earning € 28million a year.
The 34-year-old center-back fired back by posting a screenshot of his salary transfer, which shows € 2.3million credited to his account. In his tweet, Pique said the sum equals half of his annual income. Pique also criticized the journalist by asserting that “characters” like him ask for money on public television to “defend their friends”.
“Characters like this charge public television to defend their friends. Here’s 50% of my payroll earned on Dec. 30. Respect yourself a little,” Pique wrote on Twitter.
Canut further claimed that Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti are next on Pique’s list when it comes to getting the best pay at Barcelona. Canut said Busquets earned € 23million last year, while Alba and Umtiti earned € 20million each.
“The info does not confirm the reality”
Meanwhile, Barcelona also hit back at Canute by dismissing his allegations as “wrong” and saying the information “does not correspond to reality”. The club posted a statement on their official website, where they confirmed that information shared by Canute was not true. The Spanish giants further added that the three players mentioned by Canute in his report suffered salary cuts when their contracts were renewed last summer.
“We consider it inappropriate, unprofessional and that [Canut] acted in bad faith in offering this information as true. We regret that data of this type is provided as it infringes the personal rights of players and deserves, when the information is true, confidentiality, “Barcelona said in its statement.
Barcelona are currently embroiled in a financial problem with the club allowed to spend just € 97million per season on the payroll. Earlier last year, the club revealed that players like Pique, Busquets and Alba had agreed to a cut in their respective salaries in order to allow Barcelona to register new signings with La Liga. According to reports, Barcelona currently have a debt of over € 1 billion. In August 2021, Barcelona let go of their star player Lionel Messi in order to save money on the payroll.