Gerard Pique publishes bank statement showing Barcelona wages respond to claims cash-strapped club pay him £ 450,000 a week

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BARCELONA defender Gerard Pique has hit back at claims he makes £ 450,000 a week by posting a bank statement on social media.

The 34-year-old center-back was one of three players whose salaries were reportedly leaked by Spain’s TV3 program Eleven – with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba are also said to have huge salaries with the cash-strapped club.

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Pique has denied reports he earns £ 450,000 a week at BarcelonaCredit: Getty
This is the bank statement that Pique shared on social media

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This is the bank statement that Pique shared on social media

But Pique ended those claims with a screenshot showing half of his annual salary – £ 2million.

This means that for the year 2021 he was paid £ 4million, which equates to around £ 75,000 per week.

Along with the screenshot of the pay stub, he also added a pointed comment to those who attempted to reveal his salary.

He said to his Twitter Followers: “Characters like this charge public television to defend their friends.

“This is 50 percent of my earned payroll on December 30. Respect yourself a little.”

Pique’s comments come after a statement from Barcelona – whose debts would pile up to more £ 1 BILLION – concerning the declarations of wages of their players.

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Speaking on Friday, the LaLiga squad said: “Regarding the protests by Mr Lluís Canut made yesterday on TV3’s ‘Onze’ show, FC Barcelona would like to clarify the following:

“1. The information on the salaries of certain players of the first team has in no way been provided by the Club and its origin is unknown.

“2. In any event, the amounts mentioned in the information are incorrect, do not correspond to reality and, moreover, in the case of the first three actors concerned, he gives as lump sums which, being variable, do not correspond to reality. will eventually never be reached.

“3. It is not true that the aforementioned players only deferred 100% of their salary. Messrs. Pique, 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 he acted in bad faith when such information is presented as true and truthful and we regret that data of this type is provided which affects the personal rights of players and which deserve, when they are true, the highest confidentiality. “

A number of Barca’s high profile players have been forced to take pay cuts due to the club’s current financial crisis.

And Lionel Messi finally left Camp Nou for free after a new contract could not be struck.

They were still able to sign Man City striker Ferran Torres at the start of the January transfer window, but they can’t save him until the players are sold or the payroll is reduced.

In addition to their problems off the pitch, Barca also have 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 steadily faltered, especially in the Champions League where they were eliminated in the group stage for the first time in 20 years.

In the La Liga standings, they are in fifth place, 15 points behind Real Madrid.

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