Lionel Messi and other Barcelona players accept pay cut due to COVID-19 outbreak

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The playing squad of Barcelona has agreed to take a 70% pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure the sustainability of the club during this turbulent moment. Also, to contribute in order to ensure that non-sporting staff receives full wages.

This was announced by the team’s captain, Lionel Messi on Monday 30th, 2020 through a social media post. He explained through the post that the playing squad is always ready to help the club whenever there is a need for it especially in a situation like this one. In his words: “Before going any further, we want to make it clear that we were always willing to reduce our salaries because we understand perfectly that we are in an exceptional situation. We, as players, are always here to help the club when they ask.

“It does not cease to surprise us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do.

“If we didn’t speak until now, it’s because the priority was to to find solutions to help the club and to see who the most affected were during this situation.

“For our party, the moment has arrived that, the cut will be 70% of our wage during the state of alarm. We will also help out the club in order for the workers to be paid 100% of their wages.”

Spain has recorded no fewer than 7,340 death making it rank top among the worst affected countries. In a moment where restrictions are placed on football, different clubs are doing everything to stay afloat during this moment when most of their source of revenue has stopped. Different clubs have proposed pay cut to their players, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund players have also accepted to take a pay cut during this moment.

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