- Josep Bartomeu had his reputation damaged following Lionel Messi's saga in the summer
- Barcelona legend Messi earlier handed the club his transfer request before he later made a U-turn
- The club's president Josep Bartomeu has resigned before a vote of no confidence expected to boot him out
Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered his resignation at Barcelona on Tuesday, October 27 before a vote of no confidence expected to boot him out, SunSport reports, citing Spanish outlet Sport.
It was also gathered that a number of directors at the club have also resigned their appointments at the Camp Nou.
And this is coming barely three days after the Spanish giants lost 3-1 at home to rivals Real Madrid in the first El Clasico of this season.
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Bartomeu's reputation got damaged following his poor handling of club legend Lionel Messi who earlier tendered his transfer request at the club.
He refused to budge on his stance, almost causing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to quit his boyhood club after 20 years.
Fans - who together own the club - came together and got the required number of signatures to initiate a no-confidence vote.
Recall that during the manic period that Messi threatened to leave the club, the father of the Argentine star Jorge flew in to Barcelona but failed to resolve the dispute.
And despite the lockdown, supporters stormed the Camp Nou to protest as they demanded the resignation of Bartomeu.
The also launched an initiative to gather votes in their bid to initiate a vote of no-confidence on the president.
Bartomeu was also accused of corruption in September and now he has decided to leave before he is thrown out.
It comes just a day after he defended his handling of the messy Messi situation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Bartomeu earlier stated that the Barcelona will win a title this season with Lionel Messi as the captain.
He also claimed that the club never wanted the Argentina international to leave the Camp Nou during the transfer window despite being linked with an exit.
Things turned sour last season at the Camp Nou as Barcelona failed to win any title and also suffered an embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
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Source: Legit Nigeria