Lionel Messi has once again taken a shot at the Barcelona executives after confirming that he along with the rest of the first team will be taking a 70% pay cut.
The Barcelona superstar confirmed that in order to ensure that club staff are able to continue to receive their full salaries during the season suspension caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the players would be having their pay deducted by 70%.
Lionel Messi also called out the club executives for not sitting down with the players and discussing the ways in which they were will to contribute to supporting the club’s employees.
Not only have the players taken the 70% pay cut, but have gone even further by contributing in various ways to ensure that the staff are taken care of during these trying time as he went on to post the following message on his social media page:
“For our part, the time has come to announce that, as well as the reduction of 70 percent of our salary during the State of Alarm, we will also make contributions so the club’s employees can collect 100 percent of their salary while this situation lasts,”
“We want to clarify that our desire has always been to apply a drop in salary because we fully understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first ones who have ALWAYS helped the club when asked.”
“Many times we have even done it on our own initiative when we thought it necessary or important.”
“Therefore, 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.”
Lionel Messi has not hidden his criticisms of the Barcelona executives, especially when they have tried to paint the players in a bad image which is what led to his public dispute with Eric Abidal earlier in the year when players were being accused for the dismal of former manager Ernesto Valverde.
Barcelona later released its own statement in support of the players’ stance, stating the following:
“In the case of the football first team the reduction will be more than 70 percent as agreed with the club. This additional contribution by the team, plus the contribution from the club itself, will guarantee 100 percent of the salaries of all non-sporting staff, who will be subjected to temporary redundancy this week.”