Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has disagreed with some of the club senior members at the club after confirming that the team would take a 70% pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic.
Messi who issued a statement on behalf of the players accused those in charge of Barca of placing the players under unfair levels of scrutiny while negotiations over wage cuts continued.
The news came following reports of a disagreement between senior Barca players and club directors over the degree of wage reduction.
After confirming the pay cut in the first paragraph of his statement, Messi continued: “It doesn't stop surprising us that from within the club there were those who will try to put us under the magnifying glass and try to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do.
"In fact, the agreement was delayed for a few days simply because we were looking for a formula to help the club and also its staff in such difficult times.”
It is not the first time where Messi has expressed his displeasure with the Argentine said to have had some differences with the club’s director of football Eric Abidal who is said to have been part of the team that sacked manager Ernesto Valverde without their consent.
❗Lionel Messi has spoken up about the salary cut issue within the club. pic.twitter.com/eQ822wmOs0— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) March 30, 2020