Bartomeu resigns as FC Barcelona President, Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned as president of Barcelona.
The LaLiga club announced on Tuesday
that Bartomeu and the entire board of directors have chosen to step down with immediate effect following a
Bartomeu’s departure even could affect the future of Messi, who will now be given a new project after the
Argentinian tried to leave in August, citing a lack of direction at the club.
Bartomeu had insisted on Monday there was no reason for him to resign ahead of a vote of no confidence
against his leadership, which was expected to be held at Camp Nou this weekend.
However, the 57-year-old has changed his mind due to the ongoing institutional problems at the club and the
risk of possible exposure to coronavirus that Barca members would face if they went to vote.
In a statement read out on Tuesday, Bartomeu announced:
“I am communicating my resignation from the position of president, along with my entire board of directors.”
The news marks the end of a turbulent era at one of the world’s grandest football clubs.
Bartomeu, previously a leading figure for Barca’s handball and basketball section and then vice-president of
sports, was first elected president in 2014 after predecessor Sandro Rosell resigned as legal proceedings were
opened into allegations of misappropriated funds relating to Neymar’s transfer a year earlier.
Barca enjoyed huge success in Bartomeu’s first year, winning the treble under head coach Luis Enrique in 2014-
15 – the last time they lifted the Champions League trophy –
and Bartomeu won re-election that year with 54.63 percent of the vote.
He then introduced a “Strategic Plan” for the period 2015 through 2021, “intending to make Barca
the most admired, beloved, and global sports institution, a plan which includes an annual revenue goal
of €1billion by 2021”.
Bartomeu also won backing for the Espai Barca project, an ambitious plan to renovate Camp Nou and its
surroundings, and construct brand new facilities for training and Barca’s other competitive sports teams.