Lionel Messi Announces FC Barcelona Players Taking 70 % Cut on Salaries Amid Coronavirus

FC Barcelona commander Lionel Messi has made the authority declared about the compensation cut the club's first-cooperative people are taking and hit out at those "from inside the club" who are attempting to censure their pictures. Prior, there were reports expressing that the main cooperative people had rejected a compensation cut. Messi declared that Barcelona's first-cooperative individuals have consistently had the aim of taking a drop in their compensations since they comprehend the circumstance they are on the whole managing. 


by Priyavarshni

Updated: Apr 16, 2020 12:12 IST

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Here is Messi's statement in full:

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Football clubs everywhere throughout the world have begun to feel the impacts of the suspended season with everybody experiencing misfortunes in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Messi said the cooperative people are taking a 70 % decrease in their compensations and on that they will likewise make a commitment to enable the club's representatives to take 100 % pay rates. Messi also clarified that the delay in the announcement and decision has been because they were all looking to find real solutions to help the clubs and the ones "most affected by this situation".

"A lot has been written and said about the FC Barcelona soccer first team in what refers to the salaries of the players during this State of Alarm period. First of all, we want to clarify that our intent has always been to apply a drop in the salary that we receive because we fully understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first to have always helped the club when asked. Many times we have even done it on our own initiative, at other times that we thought (it was) necessary or important. "For this reason, 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. In fact, if the agreement has been delayed for a few days, it is simply because we were looking for a formula to help the club and also its workers in these difficult times". "On our part, the time has come to announce that, apart from the reduction of 70 % of our salaries during the State of Alarm, we will also make contributions so that the club's employees can collect 100 % of their salaries while this situation lasts. "If we did not speak until now, it was (not only) because the priority for us was to find real solutions to help the club, but also (to help) those who were most affected by this situation.

"We don't want to say goodbye without sending an affectionate greeting and a lot of strength to all the rulers who are having a hard time in these very difficult times, as well as all those who patiently await the end of this crisis at home. Very soon we will get out of this and we will all do it together. Visca Barça and Visca Catalunya!" Protection Status