Tevez Urges Top Players To Go Unpaid For A Year In Coronavirus Battle

April 2, 2020
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Carlos Tevez has told his fellow footballers to waive their wages for an entire year to help the fight against coronavirus.

The former Manchester United and Manchester City star is still playing professionally in Argentina with Boca Juniors, though football action has been suspended until further notice.

Clubs across the globe have been struggling to deal with the financial implications of the sudden break, with many enforcing pay cuts on non-playing staff members as a result.

But Tevez, 36, has called for the top players to act in a bid to aid those less fortunate.

This coronavirus is a disaster,” Tevez said on America TV in Argentina. “A footballer can live six months or a year without receiving [wages].

“We are not in the same despair as those who live with kids every day, who have to leave their house at six in the morning and return at seven in the evening to feed the family.

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“We are not an example in this case; yes in other things. We have to be there and help. It is easy for me to speak from home, knowing that I have food for my children.

“But desperate people, who cannot move and cannot leave the house. That is worrying.”

Tevez has regularly been among the top earners at his numerous clubs over the years, but feels now is the time for others to be put first.

“The clubs have to get involved,” he added. “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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