Gerard Pique gave up his €30 million Barcelona owed him as he announced his retirement from football.
After abruptly announcing his retirement from professional football, Gerard Pique has shocked the football world.
His choice was made in the midst of harsh criticism for his performances, which caused him to lose out in the pecking order to people like Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Ronald Araujo, and even Marcos Alonso.
Pique has decided to retire as a result, and this weekend will be his final game for Barcelona.
Pique has “renounced” the money he was owed by FC Barcelona in addition to declaring his retirement, according to El Larguero (h/t Reshad Rehman).
Pique is currently among the Barcelona team’s highest-paid players. However, he hasn’t put in enough effort lately to justify his sizable salary. In an effort to help Barcelona free up some cash earlier in the season, the defender even refused to take a pay cut.
However, the 35-year-unexpected old’s decision to’renounce’ everything he was owed in addition to his retirement announcement could be a huge plus for Barça.
It ought to open the door for the Catalans to release some of their wage budget, which might allow them to make moves for younger players. Barça may even try to offload another veteran, Jordi Alba, now that Pique is gone.
Although the left-contract back’s does not expire until 2024, Barcelona may benefit greatly from his departure by freeing up funds to target and strengthen certain squad weaknesses, such as the right-back position.
Barcelona may even be forced to look for a new center-back as a result of Pique’s retirement. Although Inigo Martinez has been mentioned as a possible target, it is unclear whether the team will be willing to spend big money on the Athletic Club center-back in January.