Gerard Pique is in the spotlight again as a recently leaked document has confirmed the 35-year-old was once the world’s highest-paid defender in the world in his previous contract with Barcelona. The deal which was signed under outed Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu saw the defender earn as high as €142m in gross salary in a 5-year contract.
Gerard Pique was the highest paid defender in the world under former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu a leaked document has confirmed The veteran Spanish defender was set to earn €142m in gross salary, working out as €28.4m per year over 5 years in his previous contract with the La Liga giants Pique has been hugely sidelined this season by current Barcelona manager Xavi as he has been regarded as the 5th choice central defender in the Barca team.
According to Marca, Pique’s request to the then Barcelona board was explicitly to be the highest-paid central defender in the world, ahead of rival and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.
The Barcelona defender was earning a whooping €28.4m per year and after taxes, it worked out as €15m if his bonuses were fulfilled. Pique was among some top Barcelona players to agree to take a pay cut after the club’s finances hit rock bottom after the pandemic.