Juventus stars agree to reduce wages

Ross Houston
March 31, 2020

The club said the money amounted to four months worth of wages, a third of players' salaries.

"The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about $99m for the 2019-20 financial year", the Italian club said in an official statement.

After spending nine years with Real Madrid, Ronaldo had moved to Juventus in 2018 and in September that year, he played his first Champions League match with his new club against Valencia.

Captain Giorgio Chiellini, who has been at the club since 2005, led the players' negotiations and discussions were said to be amiable, as the region of Piedmont, of which the capital is Turin, is one of the worst-hit areas in Italy.

Three Juve players, Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala have tested positive for the virus.

"Should the current season's matches be rescheduled, the Club will negotiate in good faith with the players and the coach conditional increases of compensation according to the actual resumption and finalisation of official competitions".

Italy's top-fight Serie A league has been suspended since March 9 with Juventus, seeking a ninth successive title, leading the league by one point from Lazio with 12 games each remaining.

Italy has been the most affected nation with the coronavirus pandemic as the country's death toll is now the highest in the world at 10,023.

"Juventus would like to thank the players and the coach for their commitment at a hard time for everyone", said a statement by the club, champions of Italy for the past eight seasons.

The Italian prime minister recently announced that football in the country has been suspended indefinitly due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Players at other big European clubs have also agreed to take pay cuts, including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

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