- Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona to a 2-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League
- The Catalans were in Turin when news came in that Josep Bartomeu resigned as their president
- Reports say Messi was in high spirits upon hearing the news
Lionel Messi was said to be in good spirits the moment news filtered in that Josep Bartomeu has resigned his position as the Barcelona chairman.
Bartomeu offered his resignation at Barcelona on Tuesday, October 27 before a vote of no confidence was expected to boot him out.
A number of directors at the club have also resigned their appointments at the Camp Nou plunging the club into yet another crisis.
Recall that Messi tendered his resignation at the club during the summer as he threatened to leave; but after a manic two weeks, the Argentine made a stunning U-turn to stay at the club.
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And during the protest, Messi publicly slammed the club chairman and his board for blocking his move amid strong interest from Premier League giants Manchester City.
In a long interview, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner claimed that the Bartomeu who once said he could leave at the end of any season had gone back on his words.
Messi’s words saw Barcelona supporters initiate a vote of no confidence against the ousted board chaired by Bartomeu.
So far, it has gained over 20,000 signatures and citing looming impeachment, the president and his board members resigned their position.
It was gathered that the news reached Messi and his team-mates while in Italy for their champions League show against Juventus with the Argentine said to be in good spirits upon hearing the latest development, according to Deportes Cuatro.
One of the Barcelona players reportedly even joked about putting champagne in the fridge in order to celebrate Bartomeu's resignation.
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Messi scored in stoppage time of the game, complementing Ousmane Dembe’e’s first half strike in the game which the Catalans won 2-0 away from home.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Christian Vieri who had 49 international caps for the Italian national team and also won the Italia Serie A during the 1996-1997 season says Lionel Messi is the Harry Potter of football.
The Argentine dazzled in the encounter against Juve making a staggering 65 passes in the Old Lady half with Barcelona moving to six points in Champions’ League Group G.
And Vieri was full of praises for the Barcelona star as he further said that he will throw away his TV set when the six-time Ballon d’Or winner finally retires.
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See how Barcelona mocked Ronaldo and Juventus after Messi scored and assisted in club's 2-0 away win (photo)