Gerard Pique has acknowledged that Josep Maria Bartomeu is “up” on the listing of the worst Barcelona presidents of all time.
The Catalan giants have been left in financial disaster after Bartomeu’s tenure, which ended final 12 months after intense strain on him to resign. Joan Laporta has since returned for a second time period as Barça president, the place he has had to go away just a few years of economic abuse.
The disaster in Barcelona has led to most of the membership’s high-profile property being misplaced – particularly Lionel Messi. He joined PSG on a two-year contract, attributable to the indisputable fact that Barça might now not afford their monumental salaries to observe La Liga’s wage cap.
Other high-income earners corresponding to Antoine Griezmann and Miralem Pjanic, as effectively as a variety of others, have additionally left the membership and helped Barcelona at the very least register their new signings – corresponding to Memphis Depay and Sergio Aguero, who’ve come free however have vital salaries.
Pique has in the meantime agreed to a major wage discount to facilitate Barça via this disaster, as have a lot of his teammates. Now the Spanish veteran defender has informed the comedy program La Sotana (through Marca) that he considers Bartomeu to be considered one of the worst presidents the membership has had, whereas confirming that he has diminished his phrases.
“I can not say if he is the worst,” Pique remarked. “What I have lived, he must be [up] where. We are all guilty, but it is true that the club has not gone where all Catalans want. Now I am hopeful and excited. The next five or ten years will be very good for Barcelona.
“I even have given up a part of my wage. My contract expired this 12 months but when I performed X variety of matches it will be renewed below the identical circumstances as this 12 months.
“Now it’s fixed [salary] and the bonuses have changed. “
Gerard Pique has jumped to the protection of Samuel Umtiti / Eric Alonso / Getty Images
Pique additionally defended teammate Samuel Umtiti, who he says has proven an “impeccable” perspective regardless of intense media scrutiny of his salaries and poor information.
“[Umtiti] fulfills the contract with all obligations “, Pique added.” People need to be empathetic. His attitude is impeccable. He has never missed a workout. Another thing is who wrote the contract, a president who was voted in by the members.
“Why ought to we whistle at him? Most folks have been in an organization for 30 years and do nothing. For instance, if I used to be at one other membership [Manchester] United, I might do the identical as Umtiti. Every scenario is totally different. I simply ask folks to be empathetic. “