In a rather vicious development, former Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has come out with harsh words for club president Joan Laporta over the handling of the economic situation.
In a broadcast with TN, Pique commented on the situation in a recent online chat with Spanish streamer Ibai Llanos and questioned the president as to why the club was struggling despite numerous high-profile departures.
🗣️ Gerard Piqué: “Me alegro de haberme ido porque le dio espacio al Barça en la escala salarial. Pero parece que a pesar de esto, todavía hay problemas financieros. Me pregunto quién debería irse ahora. Decían que somos responsables por nuestros sueldos (Piqué, Busquets, Alba).… pic.twitter.com/ldFtLcW0M4— Som I Serem FCB𓅪 (@Somhiseremfcb) June 6, 2023
“We have left and they still have the same problem. In theory, we were the ones responsible for the financial issues with our salaries. Now we are not there and they cannot register either. Who else has to go?”
The defender’s words come in light of the Catalans’ newfound struggles in pioneering the return of Lionel Messi. Despite receiving the green light from La Liga earlier today, sources claim that the transaction will still be economically challenging.
Pique’s comments strike a valid point, for the high wage bill was long blamed as the villain in Barcelona’s economic crisis. In fact, it was the same factor that inhibited the Blaugranas from registering Messi’s renewal in 2021.
Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets have all departed the Catalan capital now. Yet, the administration claim to not have sufficient leeway to bring the Argentine forward home.
The situation generates serious doubt about Joan Laporta’s board and its credibility in handling the financial crisis. It remains to be seen if the president, however, decides to reply to Pique’s question in the coming days.
The Azulgranas hope to send Messi a formal offer as early as tomorrow as the World Cup winner wishes to sort his future out at the earliest. Yet, the fact of the matter remains that they will need to enable some big departures if they are to register the former captain’s new contract.