Lionel Messi, others shun Barcelona's plan to cut their wages the second time

Lionel Messi, others shun Barcelona's plan to cut their wages the second time

- Lionel Messi and some Barcelona top shots have shunned the club's plans to cut their wages

- This will be the second time they will be attempting to reduce their earnings due to COVID-19

- Meanwhile, Gerard and three others have already complied with the plans

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Barcelona have failed to reach an agreement with their players over plans to reduce their wages for the second time.

The Catalan club is hoping to avoid going bankrupt having been hit by the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Reports claim they want their players to take a 30 per cent cut in their wages.

And this will help them yank off about £170 million off their wage bill in their quest to remain in business.

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The club, however, confirmed they have not been able to convince their players to sign off a contract that will see part of their earnings taken away as reported by The Mirror. They said:

"Today, November 11, after several days of intense meetings, and the negotiation was exhausted, the parties have ended the consultation period, without reaching an agreement."

And this has now forced the club to push back their deadline for discussion on the subject matter till November 23.

Messi is the most paid player at Camp Nou with a staggering £500,000-a-week while the players' wages accounted for around 61% of the club's pre-covid revenue of £940million.

Meanwhile, the club only realised about £746million amid the pandemic, and on-field salaries are on the rise to becoming more than 80% of total revenue if cuts are not agreed.

Lionel Messi, others shun Barcelona's plan to cut their wages the second time
Lionel Messi and his teammates during their La Liga win over Real Betis before the international break. Photo by Eric Alonso.
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The duo of Antoine Griezmann and Gerard Pique earn over £200,000-a-week.

Although, the Blaugrana have been able to shed some of the baggage after offloading the likes of Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal in the summer.

"Given that the negotiating process has shown the sincere and firm will of the parties to understand, including the formula for full recovery of wages to be postponed, and many of the difficulties that seemed days ago have been overcome.
"The parties have agreed to grant themselves a deadline of November 23, in order to reflect and decide whether the approaches that have remained on the table can still be accepted."

Pique, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Frenkie de Jong and Clement Lenglet are the only players who have agreed to the pay cuts while others are yet to be convinced.

But, Barcelona will be forced to veto the decision if the remaining players fail to comply in the given period for deliberation. earlier reported that Lionel Messi may not accept a wage cut according to terms in his contract with Barcelona, reports claim.

The club will need to avoid going bankrupt and have an income surplus of €300million before the end of 2020.

Barca are determined to reduce their massive wage bill with Messi being the highest-paid €50m and the world's best-paid.

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