Barcelona is set for a new era following the announcement Tuesday night that Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned as President and the entire board also stepping down with him.
Bartomeu’s departure comes following mounting pressure from fans and his public falling out with Lionel Messi.
His resignation could even affect the future of Messi, who will now be given a new project after the Argentinian tried to leave in August, citing a lack of direction at the club.
President Josep Maria Bartomeu announces the resignation of the FC Barcelona Board of Directors. pic.twitter.com/Xr9pBoUzHM
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 27, 2020
“I want to communicate my resignation along with the rest of the board,” said Bartomeu in an official announcement. “It’s a composed and relaxed decision agreed with all my fellow directors.”
Victor Font and Joan Laporta are among the candidates expected to run to be Bartomeu’s successor.
Font has attached his campaign to the appointment of former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez as coach while Laporta was previously president during the golden era under Pep Guardiola.