Football – Liga: Gerard Pique would have been the subject of an internal investigation at FC Barcelona


After the revelations about Lionel Messi on Wednesday, El Mundo made new announcements this Thursday regarding Gerard Pique’s contract. According to the Spanish daily, the Catalan became the highest paid defender in the world in 2018 at the same time as an internal report was written in the club’s offices detailing the damage the player caused to Barca. This two-way game started with the documentary on the decision of Antoine Griezmann in 2018, in which the Frenchman finally rejected the proposal of Barcelona (note: before committing a year later).

The player’s commercial strategy became an obvious problem for FC Barcelona who considered sanctioning him but did not go further because they feared possible media pressure. Because at the same time, Gerard Pique received 28.4 million euros gross per season (excluding bonuses).

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When Gerard Piqué met José Maria Bartomeu, the ex-Blaugrana boss, to talk about the conditions of his extension, he would have assured him that he wanted to become the highest paid central defender in the world ahead of Sergio Ramos (note: 12, 5 million net per year for the current Parisian against some 15 million net for Gerard Piqué), also reveals El Mundorelying on sources close to the negotiation.

With the arrival of Covid-19 in 2020, the 35-year-old defender agreed to take a pay cut, although in reality it was contract extensions in exchange for deferred amounts to cushion the years hardest hit by the pandemic, specifies the Spanish daily.

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