Messi never opposed Barca pay cuts – Bartomeu

Joseph Maria Bartomeu president of Fc Barcelona said Lionel Messi agreed with pay cuts at the la Liga champion after, the captain criticized senior club figures behind the scenes.

The Spanish giant confirmed that players ha agreed to a pay cut with as much as 70 percent and also making further contributions to ensure all other employers of the club are paid the full value of their wages.

Messi told me from day one that this reduction had to be made,” Bartomeu told Sport and Mundo Deportivo.

“This proposal came from the captains.

“It is a gesture that demonstrates their commitment to the club.”

In a statement, released on Monday on behalf of the players Messi expressed his dissatisfaction with rumors regarding players’ unwillingness to agree to the club proposal of reduction in players’ wages and salaries.

Perhaps [the players] have been frustrated by things said by people inside and outside the club, who do not have all the information,” added Bartomeu.

“But the negotiations were carried out only by Oscar Grau and me and we have not said anything.”

Leagues’ games in Spain have been suspended indefinitely as the country battle to contain the spread of deadly infectious disease.

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