Messi and Barça players send message to the board with joint statement

The players took the chance to express their feeling about how things have played out

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The statement first released by Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, and later by the other squad members, sent a message towards the Barcelona board, too. 

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After confirming that they had always been happy to take a wage hit to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, the players also took the chance to out at the board once again. 

The players did not only accept a 70 percent reduction to their salaries but have also decided to help fund the wages of the non-sporting staff at the Catalan club. 

However, Messi and his teammates lamented the behaviour of some members of the board as negotiations about how to deal with the coronavirus crisis and the knock-on financial effects have been ongoing. 

"It doesn't cease to surprise us that from inside the club there would be people that want to put us under a magnifying glass or try to pressure us into something that we were always clear we wanted to do," the statement said. 

"In fact, if the agreement has dragged on, it's because we were looking for a formula to help the club and its workers in these difficult times."

It's only a month since another statement from Messi, posted on Instagram, took aim at Eric Abidal, the Barça sporting director who had suggested the players were behind Ernesto Valverde's sacking as the club's coach. 

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