Gerard Piqué became the highest paid centre-back in the world when he signed his contract in January 2018, as revealed on Wednesday by the newspaper El Mundo. The Catalan defender and FC Barcelona agreed a salary of 142 million euros for five seasons (from 2017/18 to 21-22).
In addition, according to the aforementioned media, Piqué demanded to charge more than Sergio Ramos, then a Real Madrid player. At that time, the Sevillian player earned 12.5 million net, while Piqué would have an annual salary of about 15 clean ‘kilos’ (28.4 gross).
The arrival of the pandemic changed the conditions of the contract. On the one hand, the entire squad accepted temporary salary cuts while the club applied an ERTE. Later, there were several players who extended their relationship with Barça, also deferring their salaries. Among them were Marc-André Ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong, Clement Lenglet and Gerard Piqué.
The Catalan central signed a renewal in which his salary was progressive: Thus, Piqué would earn 18 million euros gross in the 20/21 campaign, 27.7 in 21/22, 29.5 in 22/23 and 40.8 on 23/24.
Own Piqué denied that his salary was so high when it was published in various media, and he even posted his semi-annual payroll of 2.32 million euros. However, that amount does not reflect the variable portion of your contract.