The ongoing issues at Barcelona have been well-documented over the last few seasons – Overspending on players who have not delivered, and alienating core group members such as Lionel Messi.
Josep Maria Bartomeu, the current President of Football Club Barcelona, is at the centre of it all.
Catalan police have even accused the Barca chief of corruption. Spanish outlet El Larguero recently revealed documentation that appeared to showcase the fact that the Blaugrana had paid a third-party company to harm the reputations of both Gerard Pique and Lionel Messi.
The club, for obvious reasons, vehemently denied any truth in such reports.
These issues, combined with a trophyless season last time out, have led to severe unrest. Barcelona’s fans even congregated near the Camp Nou late in August, before breaking into the ground.
Angry Barça fans break into the Camp Nou as protests begin to heat up. 😲
— 433 (@433) August 26, 2020
In turn, votes have been growing surrounding a ‘no confidence’ movement against Bartomeu, who took over in 2014. 16,500 verified votes are required for a referendum to take place. With more than 20,000 currently submitted, a substantial number of falsified votes would need to be present to prevent the inevitable referendum.
Over 10,000 now… pic.twitter.com/ToKmMGQ9U9
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) October 2, 2020
Bartomeu’s false promise?
During the early weeks of the transfer window, Lionel Messi confirmed that he wanted to leave Barcelona.
Since seeing several of his close friends, including Luis Suarez, depart, Messi has been very vocal regarding his feelings on how the club is being run.
Messi is such a central figure at the club, and one which fans cling onto tightly. Were he to leave acrimoniously, the reputation of the Catalan side would sink to new lows.
Such concern led to staggering reports from ESPN, suggesting that Bartomeu was ready to step down, should Messi decide to stay. Fast-forward over a month, Messi remains, and so does the controversial Bartomeu.
The situation, though, looks set to come to a head very soon.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.