- Barcelona has to let go of their star possession Lionel Messi because of financial troubles
- Gerard Pique said all 4 club’s captains will take a pay cut
- Jordi Alba refused to lower his salary?
On Sunday, Jordi Alba received some serious booing from fans at Camp Nou after reports emerged claiming he refused to lower his salary. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has insisted that all four of the club’s captains will eventually take a pay cut.
The club has already confirmed that Pique’s salary has been “substantially reduced,” which allowed the Catalans to register Memphis Depay, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj La Liga’s new season.
The 34 year old Barch defender Gerard Pique has insisted that his fellow captains Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba will soon follow his lead amid Barca’s dire financial situation.
Speaking to Movistar after Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Real Sociedad to begin the season 2021-22, Pique said: “(The pay cut) is what I had to do, I think.
“I want to stress that we’ve been in contact with the other captains over the pay cut and I know they’ll take the same step shortly, it’s just a question of timing.
“I had to be the first to do it quickly, because of the registration issue. But this is a family, we’re all together, the captains have all had the intention from the first moment to adjust to what the club needed, and that’s the decision we’ve taken and we’re proud of it.”
Alba received booing from fans at Camp Nou on Sunday after reports emerged that he had refused to take a pay cut. However, Pique said that it was all a misunderstanding, though.
The 34 year old Spanish defender said, “Sometimes there are misunderstandings,” and added, “I’ve been in touch with Sergi, Busi and Jordi, and we’ve all been aligned, to try to reach an agreement.”
He also said, “With hours left before the league started they needed someone to make it official to be able to register the new players, but I know the others are also about to do it.”
The troublesome financial condition of the Catalans forced them to let go of their star possession Lionel Messi, who eventually moved to PSG in a shocking turn of events.
Pique admitted that losing the legendary Argentine was a huge blow to Barca, however, added that the club is now ready to turn the page.
Pique said, “I don’t have to explain what Leo represents, we all know it.
“He’s the most important player in the history of this club and in the history of football. But all things must pass, we have to keep going.
“I think we have a good level, we’ll be very competitive. I’m convinced we’ll compete for all the trophies until the end.”