Lionel Messi wins Barcelona war as Nou Camp board to ‘resign’

The Barcelona board of directors are set to sensationally resign just 24 hours before a crucial Champions League tie.

The board, and in particular president Josep Maria Bartomeu, have come under fire from fans in recent seasons and things came to a head in the summer.

The club’s all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi declared his intention to exercise a clause in his contract that would allow him to walk away from Camp Nou on a free transfer.

The Argentine superstar cited mismanagement at the club, who threatened legal action to keep him in Catalonia.

Messi eventually backed down rather than take his beloved club through the courts, but made clear his unhappiness with Bartomeu who he claimed had told him the clause would be honoured.

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Elections are for next year and the current president cannot stand again but it appears he’s decided to leave ahead of schedule.

According to Marcal Llorente of Mundo Deportivo and Sin Conseciones, Bartomeu and his entire board of directors have resigned just 24 hours before a crucial Champions League tie with Juventus.

It’s thought he’s keen not to cause any more instability at the club after a summer of turmoil.

Whether that will be enough to keep Messi at Barcelona remains to be seen, with the legendary forward’s contract expiring in the summer.

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