The conversations between Barcelona’s experienced defender Gerard Pique and Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales shook the country’s football as they were published by the Spanish El Confidencial newspaper. Kosmos, owned and managed by Pique, contacted Rubiales, the head of the federation, to organize the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. The problem that arises at this point is that Pique’s company receives a 6 million Euro commission from the Saudi authorities every year. The president of the federation, Rubiales, on the other hand, is very willing and mediated for this agreement, although the federation and clubs earn much less.
After the conversations were revealed, Gerard Pique responded with a twitch live broadcast and said that he would not apologize. In Pique’s conversation with Rubiales, “Rubi, it’s all about money. If Real Madrid want 8, give 8. Then you give 8 to Barça. The 3rd club will be 2 million Euros, the 4th club will be 1 million Euros. They all make 19. Your federation also takes 6. We go to Saudi Arabia and do our job. “If you can’t convince Real Madrid, this won’t work,” he said.
“MADRID IS EXACTLY THAT… CHILD”
Rubiales responds to Pique a few days later. The head of the federation said, “Back, I spoke to Real Madrid. They haven’t answered yet, but I think they will say no. These are just that… boy. We said we need stadiums with more capacity. But they are champions, cup winners or cup finalists. I think we have legitimacy, we are right.”
“CONGRATULATIONS PIQUE! CALL ME”
Rubiales sends a congratulatory phone call to Gerard Pique on September 15, 2019. Rubiales said, “Congratulations back. He doesn’t congratulate you for your goal and your performance. We signed at 12 o’clock. We take the trophy to Saudi Arabia. Whatever your need is, call me”.
RUBIALES REFUSED THE CONNECTION
The Spanish Super Cup was first held in Saudi Arabia in January 2020. Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid in the final. Weeks later, when allegations emerged that Pique’s company Kosmos was mediating and making money from the deal, federation president Rubiales flatly denied these allegations.
NO ANSWER FROM PIQUE
Following the leak of the recordings of Gerrard Pique’s meeting with the Spanish Football Federation President Rubieles, he made a live broadcast on social media and made a statement. Streaming live from his personal twitch account, Pique admitted that he made money while carrying the Super Cup organization to Saudi Arabia through his company and used the following statements about the developments:
“WE EARNED 120 THOUSAND AND WAS 40 MILLION”
“Everything we do is legal. There is nothing to hide. I talked to the Spanish Federation to take the Super Cup to Saudi Arabia, we suggested this to make the tournament more interesting. This was a great opportunity for the Federation. Before changing the format, they were making 120 thousand euros. After this tournament, they won 40 million Euros”
“The commission I received is at a level that can be seen as normal in the world we live in. It varies between 10-15 percent. We apply these rates in accordance with the management style determined by the agency.”
“TO REAL MADRID TO WIN A CUP…”
“El Confidencial newspaper called me a week ago and said they had audio recordings. They said it would come up, so I told them I didn’t care. You don’t have to be too smart to guess who made these sound recordings! The President of the Spanish Federation has already made the Real Madrid Format change in 2020. If the format had not changed, Real Madrid would not have been able to win in this competition. Since Real Madrid could not win the league or the King’s Cup, there was a system change and they won the Super Cup 2 times.”
“I DON’T THINK ABOUT ANY APPOINTMENT”
“I am proud of our company called Kosmos. We have partnerships in UEFA, Spain, La Liga and they continue. I don’t plan to retire anytime soon. I want to get back on the field as soon as possible and play in the next Real Sociedad match. These events give me motivation to play for a few more years. I know that it is not right for an actively playing football player to do such a job, but I do not intend to apologize for that. Everyone may have a different opinion on this matter, mine are like this. I didn’t do business with Kosmos just to make money. As you know, I’ve had a very good life, I can spend my whole life lying on the couch and doing nothing. In the society we live in, producing and making money is considered a success, and I like to do that.”