Here’s How Gerard Pique Saved FC Barcelona Financially After Lionel Messi Departure

Published 08/15/2021, 2:48 PM EDT


FC Barcelona’s financial woes haven’t been hidden from anyone, with the departure of their club captain and superstar Lionel Messi underlining the monetary deprecation of the club. Messi wasn’t the only problem, as the club was struggling to register their other players like Memphis Depay too. However, Gerard Pique came to the rescue.

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They signed the Dutch forward on a free transfer this season in a bid to help Messi. Now that the Argentinian has left the club, it’s up to Depay to shoulder some of the goal-scoring burdens. FC Barcelona put out a statement on their official website confirming that they were able to sign Memphis Depay and their other signings.

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FC Barcelona is able to register MemphisEric Garcia and Rey Manaj to play in the Spanish Liga de Futbol Profesional. This has been made possible thanks to an agreement with Gerard Piqué whereby the Barça second captain’s salary has been substantially reduced,” the spokesperson, Miguel Ruiz, said.

As a result, they have now registered all of their first-team members in La Liga. They have everyone available ahead of their opening match against Real Sociedad, and their manager Ronald Koeman will appreciate Pique’s gesture.

The club could not sign Lionel Messi because of the La Liga regulations this season. Messi was also taking a significant wage cut of about 50%, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough. However, he was earning around 70 million euros every year, which put a lot of strain on Barcelona’s finances.

FC Barcelona reveals that Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba might take pay cuts after Gerard Pique.

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Additionally, the club also announced that they are in talks with two of their four captains, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, who are willing to cooperate. Right-back and midfielder Sergi Roberto is the fourth and last captain. It’s yet to be seen if he’ll take the wage cut.

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The club is also continuing to work with two of the other captains, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, to adapt their salaries to the club’s current situation. It must be noted that both players are totally and utterly willing to cooperate,” they added.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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