Lionel Messi has released a statement via Twitter confirming that the entire Barcelona squad have agreed to a 70% reduction in their wages while football remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Argentinian also revealed that the players would make a significant contribution so that the club’s non-sporting staff would be paid during the State of the Alarm, which has been in place throughout Spain since March 12.
Negotiations were reported as ongoing between the squad and board over the exact nature of the reduction, with a breakthrough made within the last hour.
Messi, whose contract expires next summer, earns a reported £500,000-a-week which would equate to a reduction on an annual basis of £18.2 million. His salary would normally earn him over £31m, before bonuses.
Spain as a country has struggled to cope with the mounting COVID- 19 crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s last week with over 800 lives lost in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 6,528, with 78,797 confirmed cases.
This incredible gesture by the Barcelona players must now be used as an example across the footballing world as the coronavirus pandemic increases in ferocity day-by-day.
The exact statement made by Messi can be seen below, which was then shared by many of his Barcelona teammates:
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