Leo Messi confirms squad 70% pay cut
Speaking on behalf of the entire Barcelona first team squad, Leo Messi has today confirmed the agreement of a 70% wage cut to the first team salaries.
Over the past few days, stories have circled in the Spanish press over whether Barcelona’s squad would agree to such reductions.
Indeed, AS claimed that Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu was willing to enforce a wage cut in the absence of any agreement.
Fast forward to Monday, and Leo Messi has confirmed on his social media accounts that the wage cut issue has been resolved.
Messi reveals friction with some ‘people’ at Barcelona
However, Messi’s post also revealed tension behind the scenes at the Camp Nou.
The Argentine complained that some within the club had sought to exert pressure on the Barcelona squad in recent days.
Messi’s full post, as translated by ESPN, read:
We want to clarify that our desire has always been for a reduction to be applied to our salaries because we understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first that have ALWAYS helped the club with what they have asked of us.
Many times we have even done things on our own accord, at moments when we felt it necessary or important to do so.
For that reason, it doesn’t cease to surprise us that from inside the club there would be people that want to put us under a magnifying glass or try to pressure us into something that we were always clear we wanted to do. In fact, if the agreement has dragged on, it’s because we were looking for a formula to help the club and its workers in these difficult times.
For our part, the moment has arrived to announce that, aside from the 70% wage cut during the State of Emergency, we are going to also make contributions so that all the club’s employees can earn 100% of their salaries for as long as this situation lasts.
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