Italy has been the most affected European country by the COVID-19 outbreak. The whole country is mourning right now and is seeking help from the sky. Spain is not too far behind. The outbreak has intensified in recent times. Today more than 800 people have died due to Coronavirus in Spain.
Both LaLiga and Serie A have been suspended as the countries have been locked down. The clubs are therefore facing a huge financial crisis without the match revenues and sponsorship fees.
In order to help their clubs, Ronaldo and Messi, along with their teammates have accepted huge salary cuts to ensure all the other workers are also paid.
An official statement from Juventus read: “[The club have] reached an understanding with the players and the coach of the first team regarding their compensation for the residual portion of the current sport season. The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020.”
“In the coming weeks, personal agreements with the players and the coach will be finalised, as required by the current regulations. The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about €90m for the 2019-20 financial year.”
“Should the current season’s matches be rescheduled, the club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensations according to the actual resumption and finalisation of official competitions.”
“Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a difficult time for everyone.”
Lionel Messi has also confirmed that the entire Barcelona squad have agreed to accept a 70% reduction in their wages during the coronavirus pandemic. He released a statement on his Instagram account: “It doesn’t cease to surprise us that within the club there were those who tried to put us under the limelight and add pressure for us to do exactly what we intended.”
“On our behalf, it’s time to announce that, besides reducing our wage by 70% during the State of Emergency we’ll also contribute so that club employees can count on 100% of their salary as long as the current situation doesn’t change. The reason we hadn’t made this public was our need to find real solutions in order to help the club, but also those most affected by this situation.”
“There was always going to be a drop in the salary we receive because we understand that this is an exceptional situation and we are the first ones who have ALWAYS helped the club when it has asked us. Many times we have even done it on our own initiative.”
Ronaldo and Messi, the two best players of this generation, are also leading us in this time of need. This salary reduction is a great gesture from all the players.
According to reports, Ronaldo has converted his hotels in Portugal into hospitals and giving free treatments. Meanwhile, Messi has also donated funds to fight against Coronavirus.
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