FC Barcelona’s star Lionel Messi confirms through instagram, he and teammates agree to take pay cut. A gesture Messi expresses, was evident from the start.
“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 always the first to have 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 culers 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!”
Teammates would later chime in and relay the message. For Barcelona, a temporary hit to wages was a certainty. With the organization effected as a whole due to COVID-19, uniting to eliminate potential financial crisis was necessary.