Carlos Tevez: 'A footballer can live six months without getting paid'
‘A footballer can live six months or a year without getting paid’: Carlos Tevez urges elite players to take pay cuts in bid to help clubs through financial trouble due to coronavirus
- Tevez believes top players should offer to cut their wages during the crisis
- The Boca Juniors star is on hiatus after a nationwide lockdown in Argentina
- Argentina’s Superliga was one of the last domestic leagues to be suspended
Former Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham forward Carlos Tevez believes top-flight footballers should offer to cut their wages during the coronavirus crisis.
Argentina’s Superliga was one of the last domestic competitions to announce a suspension on March 17 and Tevez, who now plays for Boca Juniors, is on hiatus after the government announced a nationwide lockdown.
Barcelona’s squad including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have all taken a 70 per cent wage cut to ensure the club can continue to operate during the lockdown in Spain, while players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski have all made donations to support organisations battling the spread of COVID-19.
Carlos Tevez believes top-flight players should offer to cut their wages during the pandemic
And Tevez said more players should help out.
‘We have to be there, to help out,’ he told America TV. ‘Of course I would gladly go and help in a soup kitchen, to do whatever.
‘A great example would be for all of us, footballers, actors, to go out there and help in the poor neighbourhoods which is where help is needed. I’m available to do that.
The Boca Juniors star is currently on hiatus after a nationwide lockdown in Argentina
‘Any footballer can live six months or a year without getting paid. We are not a good example, we might be for other things but not for this.
‘We don’t have the despair that others live with day after day, those that have to leave their homes at 6 a.m. and return at 7 in the afternoon in order to feed their families the next day.
‘For us, it’s easy to talk from home, knowing that I have food for my children. But for those desperate people, that can’t move, that if they leave their homes they will get arrested and can’t feed their children, it’s very worrying.’
The 36-year-old enjoyed spells at Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham
Tevez also insisted clubs must do everything to support their communities.
‘The clubs have to get involved. Instead of going to train in the morning, they [should] demand that you do things for the people,’ he said.
‘For example, go to the dining rooms in La Boca. I would be delighted to go. I know that my family is fine.
‘That’s where the great example begins. You can make videos, like me at home from my living room, but the great example would be that we all go out and help.’
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