Locked in their houses, the Barça players have been in the club for more than two weeks. And there are, at least, two more weeks. Waiting with their families, like millions and millions of citizens across the planet, for the terrible coronavirus pandemic to end. Assuming, although they do not say it openly through their communication channels through social networks, that football, as they have understood until now, will change. The Barca? Too. And it will change much more than imaginable.
The president expects the staff to accept the wage cut. While the wardrobe decides, the gestures of solidarity are individual
To begin with, the Barça club was the first to announce an erte (file for temporary company regulation) that affects everyone. Players, all of the sections (basketball, handball, roller hockey and futsal) have already accepted, technicians, executives and non-sports personnel. 70% of the salary reduction. Whether or not there is an agreement with the professional soccer team, the last one to accept the team. And the most important. His salary mass represents 61% of the club.
The call to Bartomeu
Bartomeu he needs, more than ever, the complicity of the players to guarantee Barça’s economic viability. A complicity that has been losing over time. But the president still hopes to receive a call from the four captains (Messi, Busquets, Sergi Roberto and Piqué) to execute the much-needed team.
A call that Juventus already received when ChielliniHis captain made a pact with the sacred cows (Cristiano Ronaldo, among them) to cut his salary for four months and save the club 90 million euros. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund did it before in Germany.
The captain donated a million euros for the purchase of medical supplies destined for the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and an Argentine hospital. The star has also participated in numerous social awareness campaigns so that everyone strictly follows the confinement.
The 2nd captain has also joined the wave of solidarity by participating in the Nadal and Gasol campaign to raise 11 million for the Red Cross. “My contribution is already on the way and I wanted to thank all the health personnel and all the security forces. Their work is spectacular.”
Sergi Roberto, active
He participated as captain in the various telematic meetings they have had with President Bartomeu to negotiate the impact that Erte will have on the workforce. He had to play the virtual E-Sports League together with the other teammates in the League, but in the end, due to incompatibility of sponsorships with the club, he was unable to play.
“It is a very difficult situation. I think it will cost, we will have difficult times, people close to us who will suffer, others will suffer it in the first person. Between all of us, we must make it through and we are all invincible,” said the fourth captain. , after also joining Nadal and Gasol’s call with the Red Cross.
Luis Suárez, applied
He continues to recover from the serious knee injury he followed at a distance, and at home, of course, the work plan of the physiotherapist JuanjoBrau. He has already donated 500 bags of basic food to Casavalle, a humble neighborhood in Montevideo, with cleaning supplies and disinfectants.
Homebound like everyone else, he remains absolutely aloof from all comments about his future. The French star has chosen a quiet path, surrounded by his family, without thinking about the possibility that he may not follow the next course at Camp Nou.
“I have rarely felt as trained as I am now. I am lucky to have a gym at home and my wife is very hooked. What we all have to do is respect ourselves. We all would like to be outside, but we have to understand the situation and do it all together, ”says the Croatian midfielder.
Ter Stegen, hyperactive
He has interacted with his followers by answering all questions via Twitter and then in a chat organized by Barça last Saturday. He was the first to share teleworking with his fans by doing a training session at his home following an online course by Pinto, the Barça exporter.
Jordi Alba, generous
“I am also part of the #cruzrojaresponde campaign started by Nadal and Gasol to contribute my grain of sand. I invite everyone to join. I would like to thank the work of all medical professionals and the security forces and bodies. We must be more united than ever “, stressed the Barca left-back.
His name appears frequently in the possible transfer market of the summer since there are several clubs interested, or were before, on the Portuguese side. It has chosen the path of moderation after the State of Alarm was decreed. His messages on social networks have been few and far between.
He lived in a hotel in Barcelona that was closed when confinement was decreed. He returned to Madrid with his wife, who is pregnant. They expect the fourth child. “I have the feeling that I do more than my normal day to day. In fact, I have lost weight since all this started,” said the Danish striker.
Frenkie de Jong, emotional
He recalled that there was a key person to sign for Barça. It was ‘Appie’ Nouri, a former Ajax teammate, who has woken up from coma after almost three years. I sat down with him and then his mother entered. ‘Appie, where should Frenkie go? To Barcelona? She raised her eyebrow, it was something special, “revealed the Barca midfielder.
Quique Setién, reader and cook
“I really miss the green, the adrenaline. Now in the confinement I am reading a solidarity book written by sports journalists in Barcelona,” said the Barcelona coach. “My specialty is the potato omelette. It works great for me. Potatoes. Series? No, I don’t see many. The last one I saw was Game of Thrones.”
Eder Sarabia, student
“I am learning Catalan in an online course that he has signed up for. I also play chess and follow the You series, which I am hooked on,” said Quique Setien’s assistant, who leaves every day at eight in the morning. late, on the balcony of his house to applaud, like thousands of citizens, the work of the toilets.
Pascua Ibarrola, writer
‘Chronicles of a confinement’ is the title of the blog written by JonPasqua Ibarrola, the Barça goalkeeping coach. It had been 10 months since I wrote. “More than 20 centuries later, this pandemic shows us that Lucio Anneo Seneca’s‘ Moral Treaties ’still makes sense,” he says.
In front of a screen is the president of Barça for hours and hours. Be it in a video meeting with the executives of the club, the League, the UEFA … Bartomeu has ordered an “exceptional measure”, an effort to the staff and workers, to maintain the viability of the club in an unusual crisis.