Barcelona defender Gerard Pique published the details of the salary he receives from the Catalan club, in response to a prominent Spanish journalist who claimed that he and his teammates receive high salaries from the financially troubled club.
Pique posted on his account on the social networking site “Twitter” a picture stating that he had received 2,328 thousand and 884.39 euros (two million and 646 thousand and $59.26) on December 30, which represents the second half of his salary.
Commenting on the published photo, Pique demanded “a little respect”.
Journalist Louis Canute had stated on TV3 that Pique, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti were getting more money, without citing a source.
Barcelona rejected the statements, describing them as “wrong and not realistic,” adding that some of the players named were linked to variable contracts and could not reach the numbers mentioned by Canute.
Barcelona suffers from debts of more than 1.3 billion euros, and has lost the efforts of Argentine star Lionel Messi, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain in a free transfer deal, because it is not possible to renew with him, as Barcelona is subject to the restrictions of the Spanish League related to the wage ceiling.