Lionel Messi has attacked Barcelona’s hierarchy for putting pressure on the players after the squad agreed to take a 70 per cent wage cut during Spain’s coronavirus crisis.
Barcelona reignited their title hopes after Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored in a 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Saturday to put them two points behind Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona have announced plans to reduce player and staff wages in a bid to “minimise the economic impact” caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players will take a 70 per cent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure the club’s other employees are paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham rates Barcelona’s Lionel Messi higher than Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo succeeded Beckham as Manchester United’s no.7 before arriving at Real Madrid two years after the England captain left the Spanish giants.
Eighteen Pakistan players and 15 support staff are due to travel to India. Earlier, the PCB had expressed its disappointment with the ICC over the delays.
UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation announced that its four-strong dressage team has passed the vet check and will go on to compete on Tuesday, in the team competition and individual qualification.
Lock Thibaud Flament studied at Loughborough University in England, full-back Melvyn Jaminet had never played a Top 14 game and winger Gabin Villiere was a second-team scrum-half in the French fifth-tier before bursting onto the international scene.
Batting first India reached 116-7 in their 20 overs with Smriti Mandhana (46) and Jemimah Rodrigues (42) putting on 73 for the second wicket. Sri Lanka's chase started badly when they were reduced to 14-3 in the fifth over by a devastating spell from right-arm seamer Titas Sadhu.