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Major Link Soccer: Leo Messi and Co. take a pay cut during coronavirus

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Barcelona players are taking a 70% cut while the team is not playing during COVID-19 to help club staff.

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Tips from Gritty, the best #10s in MLS, multiple former players working in hospitals, Messi is paying Barcelona staff, and what Jack Grealish did that is stupid. For those wondering, it is Tuesday. If you are like me, you need links to help you remember what day of the week it is (or a calendar but that is less fun).

Seattle

Our medical professionals and those helping them Kick Covid are Defiantly Tacoma. Spirit of Defiance Shows in Support of Medical Professionals - We R Tacoma

A mix of art, Call of Duty, and Peloton have helped keep the goalkeeper sane during quarantine. How Seattle Copes: Stefan Frei of Sounders FC | Seattle Met

A look back at a goal—and an opponent—that defined the Thorns (and Reign). This Magic Moment – Rose City Review

MLS

The No. 10 shirt is the most iconic in world soccer, but in MLS it can mean different things. The best players to wear No. 10 in MLS history – The Athletic

Former New England Revolution defender Marshall Leonard has traded in his soccer uniform for one of an attending physician in New York City. Former Rev Marshall Leonard joins New York City virus battle as physician

In the big picture, Russell’s playing career may only have been precursors to the truly important phase of his professional career as an Emergency Room physician. Robbie Russell, former MLS defender, describes his life as an ER intern in era of COVID-19 | MLSsoccer.com

Our third weekend without MLS action due to postponed games has us again consulting FIFA 20 to see how the matches could’ve unfolded. Week 5 simulated on FIFA 20: Here's how MLS games could have finished | MLSsoccer.com

USA

Is this soccer? No. Is Gritty awesome? Yes. And like everyone else, Gritty is finding ways to stay entertained while social distancing. Plus, tips on hygiene, connecting with friends and more. Gritty's tips on self-quarantining, favorite meals, hygiene and how to stay connected

World

Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed, providing some financial certainty amid the uncertainty. Visa extends athlete sponsorship to 2021 after Olympic delay

The captain issued a statement on Monday and is not happy with the Board. Lionel Messi sets the record straight, confirms Barcelona pay cuts - Barca Blaugranes

Lionel Messi has said he and the rest of the Barcelona squad have accepted a 70% pay cut following the coronavirus outbreak. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi agrees to 70% pay cut amid coronavirus pandemic

Imagine not one unseen Picasso, but an entire exhibition. Meet Sattawat Sethakorn and his potentially million-dollar collection of soccer boots. The world's biggest David Beckham memorabilia collector is Thai pop star Tae

Harry Kane would be “stupid” not to leave Tottenham if Liverpool or Manchester City came in for the England striker, says Chris Sutton. Harry Kane: Tottenham striker 'stupid' not to leave for Man City or Liverpool - Chris Sutton - BBC Sport

There is a growing understanding among Scottish football clubs that finishing the season is becoming increasingly unlikely. SPFL: Finishing season now more unlikely, clubs believe - BBC Sport

Kenny Brannigan has gone from breaking jaws and fighting with fans to the Seven Wonders of the World. Scottish journeyman Kenny Brannigan has gone from Bridgeton to Beijing - BBC Sport

Aston Villa said their captain will be disciplined and fined with the proceeds donated to charity after he was pictured at the scene of a road accident on Sunday. Jack Grealish apologises for 'stupidly' ignoring lockdown to visit friend | Football | The Guardian

The Premier League club insist they have priority and do not want to play matches at the London Stadium if it has been converted to athletics use. Anniversary Games under threat if West Ham refuse to compromise on stadium | Football | The Guardian

Newcastle have become the first Premier League club to put all non-first-team staff on furlough as talk of a potential Saudi takeover was revived. Newcastle become first Premier League club to put staff on furlough | Football | The Guardian