Sat. Jun 19th, 2021


The ongoing issues at Barcelona have been well-documented over the last few seasons. Overspending on players who have not delivered and alienating core group members such as Lionel Messi.

Maria Bartomeu, the current President of Football Club Barcelona is at the centre of it all.

Catalan police have even accused the Barca President of corruption. Spanish outlet El Larguero revealed documentation that seemingly showed Barca paying a third-party company to harm the reputations of both Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi.

Although the club seriously denied any truth in these reports.

These issues combined with a trophyless season have led to severe unrest. Barcelona fans even congregated near the Nou Camp before breaking into the ground.

Votes have been growing involving a ‘no confidence’ movement against the Spaniard who took over in 2014. There needs to be 16,500 verified votes for a referendum to take place. With more than 20,000 currently submitted, there would need to be a substantial amount of falsified votes to prevent the inevitable referendum.

Bartomeu’s false promise?

During the early part of the window, heavy rumours suggested that Lionel Messi wanted to leave the club.

Having seen several of his close friends leave the club including Luis Suarez, Messi has been very vocal as to his feelings about how the club is being run.

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts after Bayern Munich’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final football match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 14, 2020. (Photo by Manu Fernandez / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MANU FERNANDEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Messi is such a central figure at the club and one which fans cling onto tightly. Were he to leave acrimoniously, the reputation of the Catalan side would sink to new levels.

This led to unbelievable reports from ESPN stating that Bartomeu was supposedly ready to step down should Messi decide to stay. Fast-forward over a month, Messi remains and so does the controversial Bartomeu.

What is true is that this appears to be coming to a head very soon.

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