Messi never rejected wage cuts, says Barcelona president Bartomeu
The Catalan club’s president denied there was any unrest from the Argentine superstar over the financial cuts made to players’ salaries
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Lionel Messi agreed with pay cuts at the Liga champions, after the captain criticised senior club figures behind the scenes.
Barca confirmed a massive wage cut to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic, with players agreeing to reduce their salaries by up to 70 per cent and making further financial contributions to ensure all employees are able to take home the full value of their wages.
The news came following reports of a disagreement between senior Barca players and club directors over the degree of wage reduction, with Messi denying the squad turned down the proposal to reduce salaries.
Bartomeu said Messi never opposed Barca’s decision to carry out salary cuts, telling Sport: “Messi told me from day one that this reduction had to be made.