Cristiano Ronaldo's staggering pay cut amid coronavirus crisis

Cristiano Ronaldo running off to celebrate after scoring.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to take a wage cut of more than $6 million for Juventus during the coronavirus. pandemic. (Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to take an enormous wage cut to help save the club during the coronavirus pandemic.

Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri have reached an agreement over a wage reduction that will save the Italian champions 90 million euros ($100.26 million), the Serie A club announced on Saturday.

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Sarri and the first-team players have agreed what amounts to a four-month pay reduction to help Italy’s most successful club during the coronavirus crisis.

Ronaldo is set to cut a staggering 3.4 million euros, $AUD 6.15 million, from his reported annual salary of 28 million a year to help the club during the crisis.

The effective one-third cut to the players’ annual salaries will mean a huge drop in wages for a squad and Ronaldo whois the best-paid footballer in Italy.

Ronaldo, and Barcelona forward Messi, have led the way for footballers with their huge donations during the pandemic that has brought many nations into a lockdown.

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Ronaldo and super agent Jorge Mendes have donated €1 million ($A 1.8 million) to help three intensive care units (ICUs) in their native Portugal.

The pair’s donation will go towards buying crucial equipment for ICUs at Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital and the Santo Antonio hospital in Porto.

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The agreement comes at a time when many clubs around Europe have had to cut wage bills because of the dramatic impact of matches having had to be postponed or played behind closed doors due to the spread of the virus.

“The economic and financial effects of the understanding reached are positive for about 90 million euros for the 2019/2020 financial year”, Juventus said in a statement.

“The understanding provides for the reduction of the compensation for an amount equal to the monthly payments of March, April, May and June 2020”, it added, saying personal agreements with Sarri and the players will be finalised in the coming weeks.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus in action during the Serie A match between Juventus and FC Internazionale. (Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images)

The Turin-based club, in one of the regions hit hardest by the crisis, have suffered in recent weeks with three of their players having tested positive for the virus — forward Paulo Dybala, defender Daniele Rugani and midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Soccer around the world has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic with Italy having suffered more than 10,000 deaths from the virus, the highest number in any country.

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.

With Reuters