September 18, 2021

The Barcelona captain is under pressure during the pay cut negotiations.

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.