- Carlos Tevez begs football stars to let go of their salaries to fight coronavirus
- The Argentine insisted that a player can live comfortably for about a year without his salary
- The former Man United and Man City star admitted that COVID-19 is a disaster and must be tackled
Former Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez has pleaded with fellow football stars to forfeit their wages and salaries for the year to help fight coronavirus pandemic.
The deadly virus has killed over 49,000 people at the time of this report with a total of 966,935 cases recorded across the globe.
However, the lack of football action would make it difficult for club owners to pay their players and other staff their wages this time.
Some players have already accepted to take a pay cut in a bit to relieve their employers of too much burden during this compulsory holiday period.
The 36-year-old Argentine who plays for Boca Junior wants his colleague all over to act in a bid to help the less privileged.
"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.
"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."
Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have confirmed that their teammates are ready to take a pay cut in a bid to fight this plague.
The 32-year-old Argentine went further to donate about one million euros for the same reason having being subjected to a compulsory holiday since last month.
Just recently, Real Madrid confirmed they will be meeting their players to deliberate on the matter, while some other players have gone ahead to donate cash and materials in the process.
It was reported last month that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola singlehandedly donated one million euros for the fight of the virus.
The Mirror reports that Brighton manager Graham Potter became the second Premier League boss to take a voluntary pay cut, after Bournemouth's Eddie Howe on Wednesday.
Tottenham are said to have enforced a 20% pay cut on all non-playing staff members but have taken no action on their first-team stars.
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."
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Real Madrid have concluded plans to slash the wages of their players due to the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.
Los Blancos are following the steps of their rival Barcelona who already reached an agreement with their players to cut their salaries by 70 percent.
The Catalans captain Lionel Messi was said to have announced that he and his teammates have no problem with that idea.