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Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has revealed that it was Lionel Messi who proposed pay cuts at the club during the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, the LaLiga champions announced a massive wage cut, to help the club cope during the pandemic.

Players have agreed to reduce their salaries by 70% and will also contribute to ensure all employees are fully paid.

"Messi told me from day one that this reduction had to be made.

"This proposal came from the captains. It is a gesture that demonstrates their commitment to the club," Bartomeu told SPORT.

This come amid reports of a disagreement between senior Barca players and club directors over the degree of wage reduction.

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