Lionel Messi said Barcelona’s players are “surprised” that people inside the club would want to pressure them into taking wage cuts and confirmed the squad are happy to take a 70% hit on their salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi also said the players will make an additional contribution so that none of the non-sporting staff’s earnings will be reduced during Spain’s state of emergency, which has been in place in the country since March 12.

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The Argentine forward made the comments in a statement posted on social media in the name of the first team players.

Other members of the squad shared it later.

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