Definitely, Gérard Pique scares away the history of La Liga: after the rumors about Lionel Messi, it is Sergio Ramos who would have been influenced by the Barça defender.
After the news on Messi’s departure, Gerard Pique tipped the scales for Sergio Ramos’ departure. According to Sport, everything would have changed with the info on Gerard Pique’s salary. The Catalan newspaper assures that in the negotiations with Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos imposed to touch as much as the defender of Barça.
« Pique touches so much, I want the same or more, » Sergio Ramos reportedly told Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez.
At the time, it was rumored that Gérard Piqué received a salary of 28 million annually. Sum subsequently denied by Gérard Piqué. The Ramos clan were reportedly « outraged » at the pay gap between the two players. « The Ramos were tearing their hair out, » says Sport, which, let’s remember, is a pro-Catalan media.
When Gérard Piqué advises Barça to part ways with Messi
Gerard Pique would also be, according to El Païs, one of the reasons for the departure of Lionel Messi. The Spanish daily claims the president of FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, entangled in financial worries, would have received wise advice from Gerard Pique. The Spanish defender, yet close to Lionel Messi, would have prompted Barça to let the Argentine star slip away. « Without Leo, the issue of Financial Fair Play is settled, » Pique reportedly advised Laporta.
Barça had to cut back a lot so as not to put themselves in the red with regard to financial fair play. La Liga also imposed a salary cap on the Spanish club, which therefore had to resolve to let Lionel Messi go. The Argentinian would have been made aware of Gerard Pique’s comments when he left, which would have made the separation « even more traumatic for him » according to El Pais.