Barcelona players accept 70% pay cut as Juventus, Bayern, Borussia follow suit in the fight against COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Image|Courtesy

Barcelona players have said they will take a 70% pay cut during the COVID-19 pandemic, to allow the club run its operations.

Barcelona captain Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that the move was reached at after consultation with all players, adding that it will help the club pay other non-sporting staff their wages in full amount.

Messi said in statement that "Before going any further, we want to make it clear that we were always willing to reduce our salaries because we understand perfectly that we are in an exceptional situation. We, as players, are always here to help the club when they ask.

"It does not cease to surprise 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.

"If we didn't speak until now, it's because the priority was to to find solutions to help the club and to see who the most affected were during this situation.

"For our party, the moment has arrived that, the cut will be 70% of our wage during the state of alarm. We will also help out the club in order for the workers to be paid 100% of their wages."

Meanwhile, Italy side Juventus players and manager Maurizio Sarri agreed to freeze their pay for four months to help the club deal with the pandemic.

German sides Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, have also agreed to take pay cuts.

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