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It goes much deeper than Messi’s simple victory.
The resignation of the president of Barcelona, Josep María Bartomeu, today, has intricacies that mix irresponsibility, incompetence with suspicion of digital crime.
The club that represents Catalonia’s struggle for independence is in a terrible historic moment.
His two former presidents resigned, on very serious charges.
Sandro Rosell left the club in July 2012.
He was accused of corruption.
And he ended up in prison for his marketing company Ailanto being behind the organization of the friendly, in 2008, in Brasilia, between Brazil and Portugal.
Alianto received 9 million dollars for services that did not reach one million dollars.
Rosell also suffered accusation of hiding values in the negotiation involving Neymar.
Bartomeu inherited the position for being vice.
Arrogant, dictator and without accepting questions, he transformed the atmosphere of Barcelona.
Still with the structure set up by Rosell, he received the undue merits of winning the Triple Crown in 2015, winning the Champions, the Spanish and the King’s Cup, with Luís Enrique as coach.
His dictatorial stance towards the players was made clear by Neymar’s surprising departure from Barcelona. If Bartomeu had negotiated more tactfully, respectfully with the player’s father, he might have stayed at the club.
Another mistake by Bartomeu was that he did not realize that the termination fine of 222 million euros could be paid by a rival. That’s what PSG did.
The ex-president showed a lack of direction and philosophy when looking for coaches. So much so that they were fired in the middle of seasons, something rare in Catalonia.
The manager chose weak coaches with no resume to take over the club.
Hence the exits followed.
Luis Enrique, in 2012; Tito Vilanova, 2012-2013, Tata Martino 2013-2014, Luis Enrique 2014-2017, Ernesto Valverde 2017-2020, Quique Setién, 2020. The players did not like the arrival of the Dutchman Ronald Koeman, considered harsh, truculent, by the group.
The conflict with Messi was fundamental in the resignation.
The best player in history, after Pele, made a point of saying throughout 2019 that he was unhappy at Barcelona. He said straight to Bartomeu. The Argentine wanted the formation of a strong team. Neymar’s promised return. And he threatened to put into practice the contract clause that would release him from the club once the 2019/2020 season ends.
Bartomeu never took Messi’s threats seriously.
Until the midfielder announced his departure, on August 25. He had arranged for Pep Guardiola to go to Manchester City. Bartomeu was upset and promised to sue, demand the payment of a 700 million euro fine, currently R $ 4.6 billion. He claimed that the Argentine missed the deadline to put the clause in the contract in force. The player claimed that the pandemic hindered him.
Messi did not want a legal fight with the club he loves. But he exposed the failure of Bartomeu’s football management. How he achieved the discontent of the world’s leading player.
In addition to these well-known cases, there is the ‘Barçagate’.
In other words, Bartomeu was accused of hiring the company I3 Ventures to create thousands of fake profiles on social networks. To criticize players who have turned against their board.
Six club officers had already resigned.
No title last season.
With the right to the elimination of the Champions.
8 to 2 for Bayern Munich.
About 20,000 partners signed a document last month rejecting the Bartomeu administration.
There would be a vote of a monsoon of censure on the current leader.
Bartomeu was also unable to deal with the pandemic.
And the lack of public in the stadiums.
Barcelona claims to have stopped collecting more than 200 million euros, about R $ 1.3 billion.
He was a terrible administrator.
Hence the resignation today.
He asked to leave trying to avoid being deposed.
With the resignation, there is an expectation in Spain that Messi might even renew his contract and not leave next year, as he had guaranteed to do, if Bartomeu stayed.
It wasn’t just Messi.
It was the partners, along with the request for decency, that expelled Bartomeu.
There will be new elections.
Victor Font, Joan Laporta and Jordi Roche are candidates.
May Barcelona have better luck.
No club deserves Rosell and Bartomeu next.
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