Lionel Messi’s burofax, the football debacle, the economic situation and Barçagate conditioned the president of the Catalan club.
The phrase that will be written here will surely accompany several articles in different media around the world: the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu and the entire Board of Directors of Barcelona is something like the chronicle of a death foretold.
The decision of the president of the Catalan club was presumably due to a series of events that were eroding his figure throughout the more than 7 years during which he commanded the culé team.
Beyond the fact that the resignation arrives on October 27, with the background of a conflict to accept that the vote of the motion of censure against Bartomeu is carried out in the middle of the State of Alarm, in the story In the end the fight with Lionel Messi should be marked as the ultimate breaking point.
There are reasons of various kinds to explain this earthquake. At least four of them go.
The document letter that Messi decided to send before the start of this season generated world upheaval. The Rosario, tired of the team’s setbacks in the Champions League and bad managerial planning, chose not to fulfill his last year of contract and was considered free.
There was a legal dispute and the burofax was a necessary step. But the question was not so simple for Messi and finally stayed in the club.
“It’s been a long time since there is no project nor is there anything, they are juggling and covering holes as things go by, “he shot Leo on the Goal site, in the only interview he gave after the scandal.
Anyway, that burofax marked with fire the days that followed for Bartomeu. The pressure from members and fans to resign grew ever greater.
And more: the presumed candidates for the elections, which were to be held in the middle of next year, also began to mobilize and drive the so-called motion of no confidence. Thus, just two months after the document letter, the president had to resign.
Although in this long goodbye a Bartomeu bean can be added: he managed to prevent Messi from leaving Barcelona. “The easiest thing was to leave after 2-8 in the Champions League. But from the next day we tried to make fundamental decisions to guarantee the club’s sporting future in the midst of a world crisis. Someone had to defend Messi’s continuity and the adequacy of wages, “explained the now former president.
Bartomeu assumed the presidency on January 23, 2014, following the resignation of Sandro Rosell. He inherited Gerardo Martino in the bank, of insignificant step in the culé cast.
His first big bet was Luis Enrique and the success was resounding: he got the second triplet in history in 2015 (he won the Champions League, the League and the King’s Cup). That year it was a wonderful team, just a couple of steps below the one Pep Guardiola built, perhaps the best in history.
Bartomeu opted for the Uruguayan Luis Suárez and the Messi-Suárez-Neymar trident was created, the famous MSN.
But the glory days began to end with the departure of Neymar to PSG, in August 2017. That was what Messi could never forgive Bartomeu. Much less after the Brazilian confessed that he wanted to return to Catalonia, but that the president did not accept it. The last sword that Messi felt on his back was the cold departure of Suárez.