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Atletico Madrid players, Diego Simeone take 70% pay cut amid coronavirus impact

La Liga releases a video to thank those still going to work amid the coronavirus crisis in Spain.
Sid Lowe details the next steps for La Liga to complete the season in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Atletico Madrid's players and manager Diego Simeone, the highest-paid coach in the world, have accepted a 70% pay cut as the club deals with the economic impact of La Liga's indefinite suspension and Spain's state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The club released further details on Thursday of the financial steps they plan to take after last week's announcement that they would be presenting an ERTE, a measure that allows Spanish companies to reduce staff wages in emergencies.

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Coronavirus lockdown: Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos hits back at Ajax over 2019 Champions League exit

Man United star Paul Pogba shows off his freestyle soccer skills during his time away from the pitch.
Bernardo Silva takes part in the United for Portugal campaign which funds medical personnel and equipment.
Watford's players join in an online spin class, led by goalkeeper Ben Foster.

With almost all football postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic, star players have found themselves at a loose end.

With many training grounds off limits, clubs have sent footballers home, where they're adhering to an isolation period for the next few weeks. How are they passing the time?

ESPN will be keeping a daily eye on what the world's best are up to, as well as how clubs are keeping busy by battling in online competitions against each other.

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Barcelona, Atletico cutting costs amid coronavirus crisis. How are they doing it and why?

There were two big stories on the front of Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo last Friday. One was Barcelona's announcement that they are about to unilaterally cut the salaries of the 1,800 people who work for them, players included. The reason, the club claim, is simple: They have to.

The other story, as usual, was about what they're going to do in the transfer market in the summer.

Inside the paper, a story explains that the plan is for every athlete at the club to have 70% of his salary...

Sheffield United, RB Leipzig, Leicester, Atalanta: How the minnows manage to compete with soccer's elite

There are two primary truths in modern European soccer.

1. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. Of the 12 teams averaging at least two points per match in Europe's five biggest leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus, eight were enjoying at least a 58% possession rate in league play, and one of the four that wasn't (Red Bull Leipzig) was at 59% in Champions League play, which shows they were capable of dominating...

Man Utd to battle Real Madrid for Dortmund's Haaland - sources

Rob Dawson explains how a spectacular Erling Haaland move to Man United could materialize.

Manchester United are ready to rival Real Madrid for Erling Haaland if the striker leaves Borussia Dortmund, sources have told ESPN.

Haaland decided against a move to Old Trafford in January, instead choosing to join the Bundesliga side from FC Salzburg. But a release clause inserted in the deal by Haaland's representatives has alerted Real Madrid and raised the possibility of a move to the Spanish giants.

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