Barcelona captain and talisman, Lionel Messi has admitted that Barcelona players will be taking a 70percent pay cut from their salaries to help the Catalan side cope with the financial losses incurred during the break enforced by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Spanish top-flight has been put on hold since March 12 following a full-blown outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The enforced break went quickly from a two weeks suspension to an indefinite one.
With no games looking to happen anytime soon, television and matchday revenue has reduced to zero. The Laliga giants recently announced measures they were putting in place to ensure the club ran as a viable business during the break.
Messi and the rest of his teammates have agreed to take significant cuts to their wages in the meantime to help non-playing staff at the Camp Nou keep their job.
Messi in a statement written on Instagram in Spanish said: “We fully understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are always the first ones to help the club when asked.”
The Blaugrana captain also said that asides taking huge wage cuts, members of the team will be making donations to ensure that members of the non-playing staff were still paid 100percent of their salaries.
A host of other Barcelona players including striker, Luis Suarez also shared similar post showing that the rest of the squad were on the same page as regards donations and a wage cut.