Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets: Barcelona reject incorrect salary claims about trio

On Friday, Pique uploaded a picture of his internet transactions on social media, suggesting that 50% of his yearly profits total €2.3 million (£1.9 million)

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Barcelona has brushed aside an inaccurate report that indicated Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Gerard Pique’s salaries.

Pique is the club’s highest earner, according to Catalan tv personality Lluis Canut, with a yearly income of €30 million (£25 million), trailed by Alba at €23 million (£19 million) and Busquets at €20 million (£16.7 million).

To assist Barca to compromise with their financial troubles, the trio all decided to take wage cuts at the start of the season, but Canut asserted that those were deferrals rather than reductions.

On Friday, Pique uploaded a picture of his internet transactions on social media, suggesting that 50% of his yearly profits total €2.3 million (£1.9 million).

Pique captioned the picture

People like this are paid by public television to defend their friends.

Here you have 50% of my salary as of 30 December. Respect yourself a little.

Canut’s remarks were branded improper and unprofessional by Barcelona, who emphasized that the three players had certainly sacrificed a percentage of their pay prior to the beginning of the season.

Barcelona, however replied by saying

In relation to the statements made by Mr. Lluís Canut yesterday on the TV3 programme ‘Onze’, FC Barcelona wishes to clarify the following:

The information on the salaries of certain first team players has not, in any case, been provided by the club and its origin is unknown.

In any case, the amounts referred to in the information are erroneous, do not correspond to reality and, furthermore, in the case of the first three players referred to, it gives fixed amounts which, being variable, will possibly never be merited.

It is false that the players mentioned have only deferred 100% of their salary. Mr. Piqué, Mr. Busquets and Mr. Alba waived part of their salary when they signed their last contract renewal last summer.

We consider it improper, unprofessional and acting in bad faith when this information is offered as true and truthful and regret that information of this type is provided which affects the personal rights of the players and which deserves, when true, the highest confidentiality.

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