Barcelona are taking steps to lower the wages of their staff and players to decrease the financial impacts of the coronavirus crisis, the La Liga club said on Thursday.
All skilled players in Barcelona, including six-times world player of the year Lionel Messi, in addition to non-playing staff, will face a compulsory wage decrease throughout the period of lockdown, the club’s directors decided at a board meeting held via video conference.
Spain was put into lockdown on March 14 with taxpayers only permitted to leave their homes to be able to conduct essential business. The period is anticipated to be extended this weekend after the first 15-day period has ended.
Spain has been Europe’s second-most affected country by the pandemic behind Italy, with the death toll exceeding 4,000. More than 56,000 people have tested positive for the virus.
“One of the measures adopted, it is worth noting those associated with the office are prompted by the need to adapt the contractual duties of the team staff into the new and temporary conditions which we’re experiencing,” Barcelona said in a statement.
“This is a reduction of the working day, imposed by the situation and the security measures carried out, and, for that reason, the proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the various contracts.”
Barca also said they’ve made their club and annex facilities available to the government’s regional health department.