Espanyol have hit back at Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s claims that he earns more than their first-team squad: “Our values cannot be measured by money.”
Earlier this week, the former Spain international claimed on Movistar+ TV in Spain: “I have more money that Espanyol have in their entire budget.”
The claim had come ahead of Saturday’s La Liga meeting between the two Catalan rivals, which the Blaugrana are heavy favourites for.
“We have our fans, a team that gives their everything in every match and session, we have 119 years of history,” read the Espanyol statement in an apparent response to Pique.
“We have our 21st minute (tribute of former captain Dani Jarque), our academy, respect for our rivals, and our blue and white heart.
“We have values and ethos that cannot be measured in money.”