Barcelona: Lionel Messi announces players will take 70% pay cut

Tanya Simon
March 31, 2020

The newspaper also said that the club wanted the players to cut their salaries by 70 percent until June 30 as a way of saving around 106 million euros.

Barcelona's players have agreed to a 70 percent wage cut so club employees will be guaranteed full pay during a covid-19 "state of alarm", but Lionel Messi has criticized the board for perceived poor handling of the situation.

Captain Lionel Messi said the move was delayed as the players were "looking for a formula to help the club".

"We want to clarify that our desire has always been for a reduction to be applied to our salaries because we understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first that have ALWAYS helped the club with what they have asked of us", the statement first published by Messi read.

"A lot has been said about Barcelona's first team and the players' salaries during the country's state of alarm", they wrote in the letter.

"We resisted speaking until now because our priority was to find real solutions to help the club, but also those who were going to be more affected by this situation".

"Therefore, it never ceases to amaze 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".

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Where does Barca wage cut leave Messi's future?

The Blaugrana players will temporarily see their salaries reduced by 70 percent as a effect of the Coronavirus, while this will help other club staff to keep earning 100 percent of their wages.

The Argentine, whose contract expires next summer, earns a reported £500,000-a-week. On top of that, the first-team squad, whose collective annual salaries amount to €391m (£347m), have promised to protect the rest of the staff.

Before La Liga's suspension, Barcelona was placed at the first spot with 58 points from 27 matches.

In Cassano's views, Messi's long period consistency is a testament that he is the best player to have come out of Argentina; he urges the supporters of Maradona to admit the Barcelona star is the best.

Other clubs have already announced wage cuts for playing staff due to the spread of the coronavirus. Despite last season's revenue being recorded at £726m, megastores and the club museum have also been closed. Barcelona had announced that the ERTE would include pay cuts for "non-sporting" staff, although the details were not revealed.

Messi made the announcement in a lengthy statement on social media.

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