Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has asked the players to take a further pay cut, as the club attempts to manage the financial strain of the Covid19 pandemic.

Last March it was reported that the playing staff agreed to take a hefty 70% cut to their current salaries. The Blaugrana club pays out more wages than any other team in the world. Lionel Messi alone typically earns €35m annually, while Antoine Griezmann collects a hefty €17m per annum.
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Barcelona Advances with Wage Cuts

Barcelona has come up with specific measures to cope up with the surging corona virus pandemic. It has been announced on Thursday that Barcelona is planning to cut the salaries of its staff and players amidst the Corona Virus crisis. The football and the basketball squad will have to face a mandatory reduction in their wages as Spain is facing one of the worst breakdowns in the era. With the country pushed to lock down on March 14, the board of directors has decided to compulsorily cut down the money of its playing and non-playing staff, including the front end professional players like Lionel Messi.

This is done to reduce the current economic crisis faced by the country, says the board of directors. Since March 14, the country is facing one of its worst disasters with the citizens allowed to step out only for immediate business to avoid the disease spreading and reduce the number of fatalities. The country is one of the worst affected after Italy, with a death toll of about 800 on Friday. The club also has extended help by providing facilities to the government’s health department. The club has distributed 30000 masks to the Catalonia government as a part of aiding its citizens to cope up with the ongoing situation. The covers were made by the insurance company Taiping in china. Barcelona also distributed daily use masks to nursing homes.

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Barcelona teenage sensation AnsuFati is breaking records in the Spanish top-flight. On Sunday, he became the youngest player to grab a brace in the La Liga in the 21stCentury. His double effort helped Barcelona get a victory over Levante and keep pressure on Real Madrid.

Real Madrid’s victory in the Madrid Derby sent them atop the La Liga, with Barca playing catch-up. They face Real Betis, Getafe and Eibar next in the league as they hope to overturn Real and retain the league title – a seeming priority for the side this term.

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Manchester United struggles continue this season as they played out another unaspiring goalless draw against Az Alkmaar.

The outcome of the match and an uninspiring performance by both Az Alkmaar and Manchester United could also be attributed to the state of the pitch. The match was played at the Ado den Haag ground on an artificial surface after the collapse of part of a stand of Az own stadium meant the Dutch side were not able to host Manchester United in front of their home fans.

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AZ Alkmaar headed into their clash against Willem II looking to keep pace with early pacesetters Ajax and PSV. There have been feel-good factors for the club after holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw on Thursday, where the away side failed to make a shot on target.

AZ, as expected, dominated the opening exchanges with quick chances for Myron Boadu and Calvin Stengs leading that charge. In the 22nd minute, the pressure paid dividends as Boadu was brought down in the box by a clumsy challenge.

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Felix Correia Joining AZ Alkmaar on Loan

When Felix Correia had been signed in the summer of 2019 by Manchester City, it came as a surprise among supporters.

It will not be wrong to say that Correia had been an unknown by a majority of the fans of Manchester City. However, as soon as the team was linked with him, people began searching for him frantically on YouTube for highlight clips. Nevertheless, he had made very less appearance and thus, there was not much to see.

Correia had been an eighteen-year-old forwards but he could play at the Right Wing, too. He had primarily played under Sporting Lisbon under-19 and also a few runs outs for under-19 team of Portuguese. Irrespective of the lack of action, he had some buzz around him in 2018.

The 7 goals which he had scored in Portugal in twenty games for the Sporting Under-19 had brought him into the limelight. This garnered the attention of the biggest club in Europe. He was being scouted by Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. Juventus, Barcelona, and Manchester City had been lingering to make a new bid.

The Portuguese press had called him the next Ronaldo. Portugal has a history of developing young talent. On 6th August, Correia was purchased by Manchester City with a 5-year deal. Joao Felix is already having an impact on Atletico Madrid since the time he has been signed in summer and there is a lot of hope regarding Correia’s future development.

Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that city has announced Correia joining AZ Alkmaar on loan in the Dutch League for the season. It is being hoped that his next step will be to be a part of a team in a prime European League.