Barcelona football club’s captain Lionel Messi said that all of the professional footballers attached with the iconic club are willing to take a pay cut of 70 per cent so that the non-playing staff of the club are able to earn their full salaries during the coronavirus crisis. Messi also said that in addition to the pay cut, the players will also be making an extra contribution during the enforced La Liga break for the cause.
The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic which has hit Spain severely hard has forced the decision from the football players. But it is not the football players alone. All of the other professional athletes of Barcelona have also agreed to the pay cut so as to enable the club to pay salaries of non-sporting staff as revenues dry up because of the virus pandemic.
“As well as the 70% reduction in our salaries during the national state of emergency, we will make a contribution so that the club’s employees can earn 100% of their salaries during this time,” Messi said on his Instagram account.
“We haven’t spoken until now because our priority was to find real solutions in order to help the club and those who will be most affected by this situation. We also could not forget to send all our best wishes to all Barcelona fans who are suffering in these tough times and everyone who is waiting patiently in their home waiting for the end of this crisis,” Messi added reacting to criticism that the players had not made any announcements about what they were doing to help others during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has so far killed 7,340 people virus in Spain. The government had imposed a nationwide lockdown in the country three weeks ago. The spread of the pandemic and the devastation that it has caused has also forced the indefinite postponement of all organised football games.
(Adapted from Aljazeera.com)