Being a FC Barcelona player is a dream come true for many aspiring footballers. If a player signed a contract with the club under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, it is likely that the player is sitting on a very lucrative deal. However, that could change for the current squad.
Barcelona’s wage bill has been called “too much” several times in the past year, as evidenced by the club’s current financial crisis. The new president, Juan Laporta, is trying his best to rectify the situation, but it is essentially to force the players to agree to pay cuts, despite a solid agreement.
Prior to Lionel Messi’s departure from the club, it is believed that he had agreed to a new deal with a massive 50% reduction from his previous contract. The Barcelona administration had hoped that this would be enough to get Argentina to re-sign. Moreover, he was hoping that his sacrifice would persuade other players to accept lower pay.
Messi earned 555,237,619 million euros in the last four years of his tenure with Barcelona, and while this amount is eye-popping, the other players on the team were not far behind. The squad earned far more than the club could really afford, especially when the corona virus is contagious.
Now, Barcelona has a debt of more than 1.3 billion euros that has accumulated over many years. He was unable to take off enough players during the summer to support Messi, and now he is having difficulty getting his new summer signature within the pay range. Peck has played his part, Sergei Roberto is expected to follow suit by signing a contract extension with a lower salary.
According to BrandThe dressing room is not happy with the situation. Basically, players are being forced to reduce their own wages to accommodate new players. Memphis DePay, Eric Garcia and Ray Manaj were already registered thanks to Paki, but the club needs more players to restructure their pay packages.
Fans are hostile to players who have not signed low deals, with Jordi Alba receiving kisses and whistles from the crowd at Camp Nine.
The players had already agreed to defer payment last season, when the club approached them in light of the epidemic. Now even more sacrifices are being demanded. Loyalty and performance bonuses are reportedly being withdrawn, resulting in a loss of at least 20%.
After the captaincy, the club will reportedly ask the rest of the club’s top earners to agree to the same terms. It remains to be seen whether the club will be able to pull him off, or if he will end up in an even bigger infighting.