AGENCIES, Barcelona: When a nation faces a crisis, it’s the time when its citizens join hands and rise to the occasion. Be it sports or business, footballer Lionel Messi has got on record to say that Barcelona players will not only take a 70% pay cuts to aid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Spain but also make contributions on personal fronts.
Given the uncertainties, Messi has assured that the staff at the club continue to earn their full salaries for as long as the “state of alarm” continues in the country.
Messi released the statement of this decision on his Instagram account.
At the same time, the 32-year-old also took a dig at the club’s board led by President Josep Maria Bartomeu for undermining the players. The statement was later posted by several other players from the Catalan club.
“For our part, the time has come to announce that, as well as the reduction of 70 per cent of our salary during the state of alarm. We will also make contributions to the club’s employees can collect 100 per cent of their salary while this situation lasts,” the Barcelona club captain wrote in a statement on his Instagram account.
“We want to clarify that our desire has always been to apply a drop in salary because we fully understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first ones who have always helped the club when asked.”
But while Messi’s statement brought to light the players’ urge and desire to assist the club in paying its staff in full it also underlined the ongoing tension at the Camp Nou and the deteriorating relationship between the board and the dressing room.
“A lot has been written and said about the football first team at Barcelona when it comes to the players’ salaries during this state of alarm,” the opening lines of the statement read indicating the ongoing tension at the Camp Nou.