Gerard Pique, the Barcelona defender, has shared his pay stub online in order to disprove a TV report that claimed he was the club’s highest-paid player.
Lluis Canu, a Spanish television presenter, claimed Pique was earning nearly £12 million per year after tax, or about £1 million per month, but the footballer has revealed he earned £1.94 million after-tax in the last six months of 2021.
Pique was one of several players who took pay cuts as a result of Barcelona’s financial difficulties.
When Pique posted his pay stub on Twitter, it was revealed that half of his yearly salary was paid to him in December, totalling €2,328,884.39 (£1.94m).
Canut claimed Pique, on €28 million (£23.4 million) gross, and fellow veterans Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, on €23 million (£19.2 million) and €20 million (£16.7 million), respectively, were the club’s top earners.
Barcelona has also come out to deny the rumor. ‘The information on the salaries of certain first team players has not, in any case, been supplied by the club, and its origin is unknown,’ the club said.