Lionel Messi watches closely as Barcelona president Bartomeu could be voted out

Lionel Messi watches closely as Barcelona president Bartomeu could be voted out

- Lionel Messi's U-turn has sparked off campaigns to remove Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu

- The 33-year-old threatened to leave the Camp Nou after clashing with the club's hierarchy

- Over 16,000 out of 150,000 members of the club have agreed to trigger a vote of no confidence

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Lionel Messi's decision to stay at Barcelona has taken another dimension as there have been increasing pressure to force a vote of no confidence in president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Campaigners supported by one of the presidential candidates for next year's election have already convinced 16,520 members of the club to trigger a vote of no confidence in Bartomeu.

And as of this report, 7,500 members have agreed and if the campaign reaches the two-thirds of 150,000 members of the club, Bartomeu will be sent packing as an emergency election will be held.

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Lionel Messi: 16k members agree to trigger vote of no confidence in Bartomeu

Lionel Messi: 16k members agree to trigger a vote of no confidence in Bartomeu. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Bartomeu who has already served two terms will not run for another position in office and has called for elections three months ahead of schedule in March 2021.

Barcelona suffered their worst defeat in the Champions League after they were thrashed by 8-3 by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

The disappointment led to star man Messi submitting a transfer request to the club and a day after his plea, presidential candidate Jordi Farre moved the motion of censure.

Messi was told he would only be let go if only his £623million release clause is met but the issue has finally been resolved after the Argentine changed his mind about leaving the club.

Messi who boycotted the club's first training session with new manager Ronald Koeman rejoined his teammates and Barca posted the video clip on their Twitter handle.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's move to Barcelona is now a thing of the past but according to a leaked document, Man City were willing to pay £181million over 12 months for the Argentine.

According to Swiss magazine L'Illustre, the former Premier League champions were willing to break the bank for the 33-year-old by splitting the payments into two of £90.5m each.

City's Director of Football Txiki Begiristain allegedly proposed to make the payments on August 26, and complete the other half in August 2021.

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