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Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)
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Lionel Messi Votes At Barcelona Presidential Election In Camp Nou (Photos)

Lionel Messi has now casted his vote in Barcelona's presidential election today on Sunday. Messi submitted his vote alongside his son Thiago at the Camp Nou. Over 110,000 Barcelona club members get to decide who will lead Barcelona over the next few years. The candidates for the Barcelona Presidential Election are Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Frexia. Messi came close to leaving Barcelona while Josep Maria Bartomeu was the club's President. The 33-year-old was unhappy about the direction of the club on and off the pitch. Messi can now leave Barcelona at the end of the current season for free. Barcelona's presidential race will be a key factor about if Lionel Messi stays or leaves the Spanish club. Voting started at 9am local time in Spain earlier today. Vo...
Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested
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Pep Guardiola Predicts Barcelona’s Future as Bartomeu is Arrested

  The Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has that said that his former club, Barcelona will get back to the top soon. Guardiola stated this while reacting to arrest of former president of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, a development he described as “an uncomfortable.” Bartomeu slept in jail on Monday as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou. “It’s an uncomfortable situation but I hope it will finish well,” Guardiola said at his press conference. “He’s already innocent until the court proves he is guilty. “Only I’m concerned is that in one week we’ll have a new president. “It’s a difficult situation at Barcelona but the new man needs to have the courage to lead in the next years. As many people as possible can vote and lead the best club in th...
‘An uncomfortable situation’ – Guardiola weighs in on Bartomeu arrest while revealing hope for Barcelona’s future
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‘An uncomfortable situation’ – Guardiola weighs in on Bartomeu arrest while revealing hope for Barcelona’s future

The Manchester City boss says he believes that his former club will get back to the top soon as presidential elections loom Pep Guardiola has called Josep Maria Bartomeu's recent arrest "an uncomfortable" situation after the former Barcelona president was detained on Monday as part of an investigation into ‘Barcagate’ at Camp Nou. Bartomeu was provisionally released on Tuesday after spending Monday in jail as the 58-year-old ex-Barca boss invoked his right not to testify. Alongside Bartomeu, it is understood that three other arrests were made, including Chief Executive Officer of the club, Oscar Grau, former adviser to the presidency Jaume Masferrer, and head legal counsel Roman Gomez Ponti.
Police Raids Barcelona, Arrests CEO Oscar Grau, Bartomeu, others
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Police Raids Barcelona, Arrests CEO Oscar Grau, Bartomeu, others

The Spanish police on Monday raided Barcelona football club and arrested the club’s CEO, Oscar Grau and Roman Gómez Ponti, the Barca’s head of legal, according to Cadena SER radio. Barcelona’s former president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and his right-hand man, Jaume Masferrer, were also arrested. They were arrested on suspicion of “unfair administration, corruption between individuals and money laundering” after paying money in instalments to avoid internal financial controls. This is coming amid the continued investigation into ‘BarcaGate’, in which Barcelona’s officials were accused of launching a smear campaign against the current (Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique) and former players (Pep Guardiola and others) who were critical of the Catalan club and Bartomeu. Recall that Bartomeu ...
Barcelona Are Pressing Charges Against Newspaper El Mundo Over A Reported £492 Million Contract Spill
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Barcelona Are Pressing Charges Against Newspaper El Mundo Over A Reported £492 Million Contract Spill

Barcelona denied leaking knowledge of the deal with Lionel Messi - allegedly worth up to EUR 555m (£ 492m) over four seasons - and vowed to sue the newspaper responsible for publishing it. Barcelona, which has been headed by a board of directors since the resignation of President Josep Maria Bartomeu in October in the face of a no-confidence motion ahead of the new presidential elections on March 7,said they support Messi and would take action against the newspaper. "In view of the information published today in the newspaper El Mundo, in relation to the professional contract signed between FC Barcelona and the player Lionel Messi, the club regrets its publication given that it is a private document governed by the principle of confidentiality between the parties," a club stateme...
Lionel Messi’s Monstrous €555 Million 3-Year Barcelona Contract
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Lionel Messi’s Monstrous €555 Million 3-Year Barcelona Contract

Spanish newspaper El Mundo claims it has obtained a copy of Lionel Messi's Barcelona contract, saying figures confirm the star player's deal is the biggest in sports history. According to the report, Messi would receive a maximum of €555,237,619 (US$673,919,105) over four seasons, if a series of conditions were met. The contract was agreed in November 2017 and expires on June 30 this year, when Messi will leave Camp Nou if there is no agreement with the club over an extension. Messi tried to leave Barcelona last summer, arguing that a clause in the deal allowed him to walk away for free, before eventually backing down. The size of Barca's financial commitment to Messi, 33, is one of a number of deals that have left the club's accounts in a perilous position. Their most r...
Barcelona Confirm Presidential Election Set For March 7
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Barcelona Confirm Presidential Election Set For March 7

Barcelona's presidential election will be held on March 7, the club confirmed. The club will have a new leader as Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa campaign to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu. The club's election had previously been scheduled for January 24, but the date was pushed back as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Barca has now settled on March 7 as the date the club elects its new president from a field that includes Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa. Members will be able to vote by mail and in person at six polling stations, which will be located at the Camp Nou in Barcelona as well as in Girona, Tarragona, Tortosa, Lleida, and Andorra.Barca The club said in a statement: "In accordance with the agreements of the Management Committee, dated Jan...
Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez
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Barcelona Would Be Less Valuable Without Messi – Fernandez

The Argentine seems set to leave Camp Nou at the end of 2020-21, with his future a hot topic for all of the club's presidential hopefuls Lionel Messi is the only player who can ensure Barcelona's value, according to presidential candidate Lluis Fernandez. Messi wanted to leave Barca last year, due to frustration with the club's board and then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner ultimately elected to stay and see out his contract, which runs out at the end of the season, before Bartomeu and the entire Barca board resigned in October. There has been talk that Messi may choose to remain at the club he has been at since 2001, having helped them to 10 LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues. However, Messi, who marked his 500th LaLiga appear...
Bartomeu Blames Neymar For Destorying Barcelona And His Project
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Bartomeu Blames Neymar For Destorying Barcelona And His Project

Josep Maria Bartomeu slams Neymar for destroying Barcelona and his project as the winger shockingly decided to leave for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017. Josep Maria Bartomeu has expressed his dissent towards Neymar whom he holds responsible for the downfall of Barcelona and the project that was in place. The 57-year-old had resigned from his post a few days ago after months of turmoil at the club. Bartomeu has been involved in several controversies at the club and the fans had enough this season which saw a vote of no confidence being passed against him. Shortly the former president and his board stepped down from their respective decisions. However, Bartomeu believes that his project’s downfall was due to Neymar’s actions. From a neutral point of view, it could be possible. In t...
UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League
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UEFA Reiterates ‘Strong Opposition’ To European Super League

UEFA has repeated its “strong opposition” to a European Super League after the controversial project received a surprise shot in the arm from Josep Maria Bartomeu as he stood down as Barcelona president. In a resignation bombshell on Thursday night Bartomeu declared that one of his last acts as the Catalan team’s chief had been to accept a proposal for Barcelona to play in “a future European Super League” which “would guarantee the financial stability of the club”. The notion of a splinter league for the continent’s high rollers first surfaced through a series of leaked emails and documents in November 2018 claiming that a host of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick-off as early as 2021. The idea was knocked on the head by European f...
Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning
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Josep Maria Bartomeu Makes Lionel Messi Confession After Resigning

Josep Maria Bartomeu makes Lionel Messi confession after resigning. The distress at Barcelona took a new turn when president Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered recently. Outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has asserted he remained on after their mortifying 8-2 annihilation to Bayern Munich since it was the best way to keep Lionel Messi. In a dazzling new development on Tuesday night, Bartomeu reported he and the directorate had all ventured down. Bartomeu was set to leave his part in March 2021 however a demonstration of general disapproval had quickened the cycle and he has picked to leave early. The emergency at the Nou Camp comes as they keep on managing the aftermath from August’s thrashing to Bayern. Club chief Lionel Messi delivered an exchange demand i...
Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach
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Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach

Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola to return as head coach in Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Textual style accepts the most ideal approach to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure previous manager Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered his administration not long ago, following quite a while of analysis on Barcelona’s debilitated funds and battles on the pitch. Bartomeu never recouped from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-last lowering because of possible competition victors Bayern Munich. Yet, presently Font has asserted he realizes how to reestablish the magnificence days at the Catalan goliaths – beginning with a transition to bait old supervisor Guardiol...
Messi Misses Training Again After Decision To Stay At Barcelona
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Messi Misses Training Again After Decision To Stay At Barcelona

Lionel Messi was a no-show at training with Barcelona despite his decision to stay at the club under sufferance, journalists at the training ground said on Saturday morning. The Argentine superstar announced on Friday he had been forced to remain at Barcelona, claiming after club president Josep Maria Bartomeu broke his word to let him leave. It came after 10 days of tension since his bombshell fax telling Barcelona he wanted out. But while other players including Jordi Alba and Philippe Coutinho arrived for the session, Messi failed to appear at the Joan Gamper training complex for the session which began at 0730 GMT. Last Sunday Messi deliberately skipped the mandatory coronavirus test for Barcelona players. According to local media, Messi must first pass the Covid-19 test...
Messi Considering A Dramatic U-Turn On His Decision To Leave Barcelona
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Messi Considering A Dramatic U-Turn On His Decision To Leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi faces a defining day in his career amid reports he is considering a U-turn over his decision to leave Barcelona. A crunch meeting between Messi's dad Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reportedly ended in a stalemate on Wednesday, with no agreement reached over the wantaway forward's future. Messi's camp have claimed the six-time Ballon d'Or winner can leave the Nou Camp for free this summer, while Barca have insisted that is not the case - and have been backed in their stance by La Liga. And now Messi is considering a dramatic U-turn, according to the same source in Argentina which first broke news of the 33-year-old's transfer request. The man regarded by many as the game's greatest ever player is now considering seeing out the remaining year of h...
Messi Can Only Leave Barca If €700 Million Release Clause Is Met – La Liga
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Messi Can Only Leave Barca If €700 Million Release Clause Is Met – La Liga

La Liga confirm paying Messi's €700M release clause would be the only way out for him La Liga have released an official statement to confirm they side with Barcelona in their legal dispute with Lionel Messi and they say that the player’s €700m release clause remains in place. The 33-year-old has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave at the end of any season, and whilst it was thought that deadline passed in June, with Marca reporting last week that the player’s camp believe that it has been extended in line with the prolonged 2019/20 season. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the current board of the Catalan giants are said to be insistent they will not allow their superstar to leave as a free agent and they will only be prepared to meet with the player to disc...
I’ll Resign If That Will Make Messi Remain In Barcelona – Bartomeu
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I’ll Resign If That Will Make Messi Remain In Barcelona – Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed his he is “willing to resign” if Lionel Messi makes a public promise to stay at the club. The under-fire club chief has claimed he will bow to the fans’ demands and walk away from the Nou Camp – if it keeps Messi at the club. Messi admitted he could be tempted to stay at the Nou Camp if Bartomeu resigns from his post. Bartomeu is entitled to stay at the club for one more year when the new presidential elections take place. But, seemingly with Barcelona’s best interests at heart, Bartomeu has reportedly said he will quit if Messi promises to stay, according to TV3. On Wednesday night, angry fans broke through the Nou Camp gates as protests against Bartomeu continued into a second night. Manchester Ci...
Former Real Madrid president defends ‘black sheep’ Bartomeu from Barcelona critics
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Former Real Madrid president defends ‘black sheep’ Bartomeu from Barcelona critics

Barcelona's under-fire boss has received support from an unlikely source as he faces a fresh crisis at the club Josep Maria Bartomeu is treated as a "black sheep" and gets unfair criticism at Barcelona, according to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon. Bartomeu is under fire at Camp Nou after Lionel Messi asked to leave the Blaugrana at the end of a hugely disappointing season. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner's transfer request followed Barca's humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
Barcelona President Confirms Messi Wants Move Away From The Club
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Barcelona President Confirms Messi Wants Move Away From The Club

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed to a Spanish radio station that Barcelona boss Quique Setien will be sacked, with Lionel Messi reportedly ready to force through a transfer away this summer. Barca were humiliated and embarrassed on Friday night as they suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich to exit the Champions League. It was also the worst defeat of Messi’s illustrious career and images after the game showed how the loss was playing on his mind. The Argentina international had reportedly already been considering his future after a disappointing domestic campaign. But Barcelona are ready to act fast to put this season behind them. An emergency meeting has been called to take place today and Bartomeu confirmed to COPE on Sunday night “Seti...
Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire
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Barcelona President Reveals Club Messi will Retire

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has said Lionel Messi will retire at the club in “three or four years”. Messi has a deal with the Nou Camp side until June 2021 and is yet to sign a contract extension. The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Spain this summer. Inter Milan are believed to be monitoring his future with Barca and are ready to offer him a bumper deal. However, Bartomeu does not think Messi will leave. “It is not just me that says so. Leo has always said it, that he wants to end his professional career at Barcelona. “I think it’s the club of his life. It’s a man for a club and it’s the best club for him. “I am certain that the contract extension will happen. I have no doubt that Leo Messi in three, four, many years to come will ...
Crisis Hits Barcelona: Six Board Members Resign
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Crisis Hits Barcelona: Six Board Members Resign

Six Barcelona board members of Barcelona FC have resigned after not being happy the way the club is being managed by President Josep Maria Bartomeu. In a joint letter, the six expressed concern over the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis for the club. They also criticised the handling of a scandal in February when the club were forced to deny hiring a firm to attack its own players on social media, BBC reports. And they called for Barca to call new presidential elections. Emili Rousaud and Enrique Tombas – two of the club’s four vice-presidents – quit alongside four directors: Silvio Elias, Josep Pont, Jordi Calsamiglia and Maria Teixidor. “We have arrived at this point because we cannot reverse the way the club is managed in the face of important challenge...
Coronavirus: Barcelona to Cut the Salaries of Messi, Others
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Coronavirus: Barcelona to Cut the Salaries of Messi, Others

Barcelona are set to make a decision on if the club will cut the wages of some first-team players, in a bid to counteract the economic impact of the Coronavirus, ESPN reports. It is understood the players are aware of the discussions. However, they would need to give the green light, before the club temporarily cut their salaries. During a conference call on Friday, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted to board members, that the financial situation is “complicated”. Bartomeu, however, said it is still “reversible” if certain measures are taken. Global Sports Salary Survey claims Barcelona is the first team in history, to have an average individual salary in excess of €11million per annum.
Coronavirus: Barcelona Stars including Lionel Messi go into Quarantine
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Coronavirus: Barcelona Stars including Lionel Messi go into Quarantine

Spanish giants, Barcelona is the latest club to be hit by the coronavirus outbreak as the whole squad including Lionel Messi have been quarantined. The news comes days after their arch-rivals Real Madrid's squad were also put on lockdown after a player from the club's basketball team tested positive for coronavirus at their training HQ. Barcelona have now been forced to suspend all activity until further notice with players told to undertake personalised regimes at home. The decision was made after meeting on Friday, which was attended by club president Josep Maria Bartomeu and a series of medical professionals. A statement from Barcelona read: "Given the health situation and following the recommendations of the Club's medical managers, the first soccer team suspends all its ...
Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban
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Guardiola takes swipe at Barca over Man City’s Euro ban

Pep Guardiola went to war with his former club Barcelona on Wednesday as Manchester City's manager defended his current employers in the wake of their European ban. Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has "thanked" UEFA for banning City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, a shock sentence handed out on Friday which the Premier League champions plan to appeal. The Catalan club, where Guardiola remains a legend, have problems of their own after being accused of hiring a social media company to attempt to damage the reputations of figures such as the City boss and their own striker Lionel Messi. The reports, which Barcelona have vehemently denied, claim that the campaign was part of an attempt to strengthen the Barca board's position. But Guardiola reacte...
Sacked Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Sends Emotional Farewell Message To Fans As Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To Him
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Sacked Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Sends Emotional Farewell Message To Fans As Lionel Messi Pays Tribute To Him

Sacked Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde has publicly thanked the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu and fans shortly after he was sacked.   Despite winning back-to-back league titles and guarding Barcelona to the top of La Liga Table, Valverde was dismissed on Monday following the club's Spanish Super Cup semi-final 3 - 2 defeat to Atletico Madrid last week.   He has been replaced with former Real Betis coach, Quique Setien, who has signed a contract to be with Barcelona until June 2022.   In an open letter to the club's supporters, posted on Barcelona's official website, Valverde said: "My time as FC Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half years right from the start.   "In that time I have enjoyed some j...
Some Barca Players Offered Up Their Own Money To Help Fund Neymar’s Transfer
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Some Barca Players Offered Up Their Own Money To Help Fund Neymar’s Transfer

One of the most senior ranking members of the FC Barcelona squad let Josep Maria Bartomeu know that signing Neymar was a must if they were to win the Champions League. It was a belief shared by many others in the dressing room who all had their say as negotiations were ongoing with PSG. Some of the players were even willing to part with their own money to help pay for the costly transfer, such was the desire to bring Neymar 'home'. The board didn't take that offer under consideration, and some of the squad weren't even aware of it, but it was done to demonstrate how well liked Neymar is by certain players in the changing room. It's extremely possible with the €20m Neymar was willing to put in, alongside that of the players, a deal could have been struck with PSG. However, t...
Too High For Comfort! Barcelona Dumps Neymar Pursuit
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Too High For Comfort! Barcelona Dumps Neymar Pursuit

Spanish La liga giants Barcelona have reportedly dropped their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar. The Brazil international has been strongly linked with a return to Camp Nou during this summer’s transfer window, while Real Madrid have also been credited with an interest. On Thursday, reports in Italy had claimed that Barca and PSG had come to an agreement over a deal for the South American, although the Catalan giants allegedly insisted that was not the case. According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG wanted Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic and Jean-Clair Todibo plus a “significant” cash sum in exchange for Neymar ahead of Monday’s European transfer deadline. Is it a closed case for Nou camp return? The report claims that Barca came back with a counter offer which was ult...
Griezmann to sign Barcelona contract on Monday
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Griezmann to sign Barcelona contract on Monday

Griezmann to sign Barca contract on Monday Atletico Madrid release clause set to be paid on Friday Antoine Griezmann is expected to undergo a medical and sign his contract with Barcelona on Monday, according to Sport. Barcelona are expected to pay the €120 million (£108m/$135m) release clause in Griezmann’s Atletico Madrid contract on Friday, but will not finalise the transfer until after the weekend. The France international is due to travel to Barcelona from Ibiza on Sunday before having a medical, with the forward then holding a press conference alongside club president Josep Maria Bartomeu at Camp Nou.
Neymar wants to leave’ – Barcelona president claims PSG won’t allow star sale
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Neymar wants to leave’ – Barcelona president claims PSG won’t allow star sale

Despite asserting that the Brazilian is unhappy at Parc des Princes, the Blaugrana chief says "no way" a return will happen this summer Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has admitted defeat in his club's efforts to re-sign Neymar despite claiming the player is keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain. The former Barcelona forward, 27, and Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann have been the Catalans' top targets this summer. Frenkie de Jong, Emerson and Neto are the only new faces currently confirmed at Camp Nou, while Marc Cardona, Jasper Cillessen, Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes are among those to move on.
Barcelona Speak on Sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia
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Barcelona Speak on Sacking Valverde after Copa del Rey Final Loss to Valencia

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, is adamant that manager Ernesto Valverde should not carry the blame for their surprise Copa del Rey final defeat to Valencia. Barca wrapped up a fourth league title in five years in April, but have seen their hopes of winning the Treble go up in smoke over the last 19 days. The LaLiga champions gave up a three-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, losing 4-0 at Anfield in the second leg and then lost the Spanish cup final to underdogs Valencia 2-1 on Saturday. Bartomeu and team captain Lionel Messi gave their support to Valverde after the debacle at Liverpool and the president says that the club’s stance will not change following the failure to beat Valencia. “Valverde has a contract, he’s the coach. ...
Barcelona Reveal What Will Happen When Messi Retires
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Barcelona Reveal What Will Happen When Messi Retires

Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has said the club wants to keep Lionel Messi even beyond his playing days. Bartomeu also confirmed the LaLiga champions are planning to offer the Argentine superstar a new contract. Messi re-signed with Barca in 2017, an extension that runs through to 2021. The 31-year-old, who made his competitive debut for Barca in October 2004 at the tender age of 17, has scored a LaLiga-high 32 goals in 2018-19 and 42 in all competitions. “We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him. “Lionel’s managed to break down borders. Everyone admires him and he’s applauded at other stadiums by rival fans. “We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea. He is young – you can see that [in his performances] – and he ...
Barcelona Preparing for Life without Messi
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Barcelona Preparing for Life without Messi

Lionel Messi - FC Barcelona Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that the club’s transfer activity is an indication they are preparing for life after Lionel Messi. Barca last month confirmed the £65m signing of 21-year-old midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax. Messi, 31, has scored 581 goals in 664 games for Barcelona. “I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring,” Bartomeu told the 5 live Football Daily Podcast’s Guillem Balague. Messi still has another two years left on his current contract and Bartomeu said that Messi’s retirement was “a while away yet”. However, the 25-time La Liga champions are looking at signing players to take the club into a new era to ensure their continued success. “We have to prepare the club for the future,” added Bartomeu, ...
Barcelona Signs Frenkie De Jong From Ajax For £75m (Photos)
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Barcelona Signs Frenkie De Jong From Ajax For £75m (Photos)

Barcelona have announced the signing of midfielder Frenkie De Jong from Ajax for £75m. The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp after interest from a host of top European clubs, including Manchester City and PSG. MySportDab report De Jong will now end the current season with Ajax and move to Barcelona in the summer. His arrival was announced on the club's Twitter page, via a video of tweets telling the Catalan giants to 'announce de Jong'. President Josep Maria Bartomeu tweeted: "With the arrival of Frenkie De Jong we add talent, youth and Barca style to our sporting project. "We are convinced that he will be a key part of our team for years to come. Welcome, Frenkie!"
Neymar Faces Tough Trial For Move To Barcelona, And Could Spend 6 Years In Jail
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Neymar Faces Tough Trial For Move To Barcelona, And Could Spend 6 Years In Jail

Neymar, may face up to six years in prison over irregularities surrounding his move to Barcelona in 2013. This statement was made by a Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into allegation of the move. AFP quoted Judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia as saying, “The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” The Judge noted that the decree issued by Neymar, his parents, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013. Recall that the Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1. The case was filed by by DIS, a Brazilian group which part-owned the rights to Neymar, alleged “...
Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game
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Injured Messi To Miss Three Weeks After Barcelona vs Sevilla Game

Barcelona vs Sevilla: Lionel Messi is expected to be out for three weeks with a fractured right arm but his last contribution was to help send Barcelona back to the top of La Liga on Saturday. Messi scored and then went off injured as Barcelona vs Sevilla game ended 4-2 at Camp Nou, in a six-goal thriller that never looked like ending in anything other than a home win. Any joy at jumping above in-form Sevilla, however, was tarnished by Messi’s injury, which will now rule him out of next weekend’s Clasico against Real Madrid. A Barcelona club statement after the Barcelona vs Sevilla game read: “Tests carried out on Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks.” It means Messi will also miss the Champi...
Barcelona’s Chief Negotiator Quits The Club
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Barcelona’s Chief Negotiator Quits The Club

Until now, Sanllehi had been the director of football and in charge of negotiations when it came to signing new players. Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu will present a new sporting structure in the next general assembly, which will see the role of negotiator with other clubs and the likes of UEFA and FIFA be absolved into another position. In the new set-up, Pep Segura will continue as general manager, Robert Fernandez will stay on as technical secretary and both Jordi Mestre and Albert Soler are expected to remain as vice-president and sporting director, respectively. After 15 years of service in various roles, Sanllehi has decided to leave the club of his own volition having seen that he would not fit into the new system. The Catalan wanted to make sure that his departure was on ...
Malaga’s Arnau A Potential Replacement For Barca’s Sporting Director Fernandez
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Malaga’s Arnau A Potential Replacement For Barca’s Sporting Director Fernandez

Robert has to draw up a report for president Josep Maria Bartomeu on everything that happened and the errors that were made. However, before even reading it, Bartomeu is clear who is to blame. The club have started to look for options to replace Robert and the name with most support at the moment is Francesc Arnau, Malaga's sporting director since 2015. Other names were on the table but it's the former goalkeeper who looks to be winning the argument. Arnau remains an option despite the good start to the season and the performances of Semedo and Paulinho. He waits in the background, though, while Robert holds on to his job.
Benedito Has Collected 6,580 Signatures For No Confidence Motion
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Benedito Has Collected 6,580 Signatures For No Confidence Motion

A total of 3,360 were collected around the ground as Barcelona took on Juventus on Tuesday night, while they'd already racked up 2,920 at the Catalan derby last Saturday. In addition, there are also some signatures which have been collected at the permanent stalls which have been set up and Benedito is expected to give a press conference on Thursday to announce the current total figure. In order to force a vote on president Josep Maria Bartomeu's future, the group behind the motion need 16,570 signatures by October 2 and they'll aim to collect more at the upcoming LaLiga matches against Eibar and Girona.
National Court Partially Unlock Rosell’s Bank accounts
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National Court Partially Unlock Rosell’s Bank accounts

Rosell requested to proceed with some private payments and although the court repeatedly denied his demands, they decided to accede. The judge, however, didn't accept the 53-year-old businessman's request to be released. Josep Maria Bartomeu's predecessor has been accused for an alleged money laundering of 15 million euros and was sentenced to prison without bail in May.
Vice President Vilarrubi: Barcelona Are Just As Surprised As Everyone With Real Madrid’s Start
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Vice President Vilarrubi: Barcelona Are Just As Surprised As Everyone With Real Madrid’s Start

Josep Maria Bartomeu was also part of the delegation and according to Vilarubi, the president doesn't understand the criticisms of him. "I am as surprised as everyone is [about Real's start]," he said. "We have played very well, are four points ahead of Real Madrid and we are also very proud of it." Precisely because of the four points difference, the vice president does not understand the criticisms of Bartomeu or the censure motion. "Two years ago we were voted in, so we still have four years to work," he continued. Hypothetical independence Vilarrubi said that talking about a possible Catalan sovereign state and a league without Barcelona is hypothetical but that, in any case, there would be a derby. "We would play where Espanyol or Girona did," he noted. In addition, he also ...
Barcelona Sporting Director Fernandez Hopes Messi Signs Contract ‘Soon’
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Barcelona Sporting Director Fernandez Hopes Messi Signs Contract ‘Soon’

The LaLiga giants announced in July that Messi had agreed to a contract until 2021, with his previous deal due to expire in 2018. While a formal signing of the contract was expected to soon follow, Messi is still yet to put pen to paper, leading to speculation over his future. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said earlier this week that Messi's father Jorge had already signed the deal, making it valid. Fernandez is eager for the deal to be officially completed shortly, saying on Saturday: "I point to our president's words. "[The signing] is an act which could happen at any moment. I hope it's soon." Messi delivered for Barca on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick to lead Ernesto Valverde's men to a 5-0 thrashing of Espanyol. Fernandez lauded the Argentina star for his performance, ...
Carles Alena Extends His Barca Contract By 3 Years Followed By 2 Optional Years
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Carles Alena Extends His Barca Contract By 3 Years Followed By 2 Optional Years

FC Barcelona and midfielder Carles Alena came to an agreement Tuesday whereby the 19-year-old will extend his deal with the club for a further three years. The deal also calls for a two-year club option should Alena, who currently plays for the reserves, end up making the first team. The buyout clause has been set at €75m. Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu was on hand for the signing, which took place at the Club’s offices at Camp Nou. Also in attendance were the Vice President of Sports, Jordi Mestre; the Director of Professional Youth Football, Silvio Elias; and the FC Barcelona CEO, Oscar Grau. Alena’s extension means the Club can continue to count on one of their homegrown players. Alena was one of the key players for Barca B last season, helping the reserves gain promotion to the ...
Barcelona Complete £135.5m Deal For Dortmund’s Dembele
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Barcelona Complete £135.5m Deal For Dortmund’s Dembele

Barcelona have completed a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele for an initial £96.8m fee, potentially rising to £135.5m. The 20-year-old France international signed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp alongside the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Monday. The deal is the second most expensive of all time, eclipsed only by Neymar’s recent £200m move to Paris St-Germain. Barca said Dembele’s contract has a release clause of 400m euros (£369.6m). Dembele said: “I’m very happy to be here. It has always been my dream to be at Barcelona and now I’m here I’m very happy to have achieved my dream. “It is the best club in the world with the best players in the world.” Dembele’s last appearance for Dortmund came in the German Super Cup on 5 August. The Bu...
Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona
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Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele Completes Move To Barcelona

Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele.France international Dembele, 20, arrives to fill the void left by Neymar’s world-record €222 million departure to Paris Saint-Germain and is reported to have cost an initial €120m, with a further €30m in potential add-ons.Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely earlier this month after he missed training amid interest from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club continued to insist that he would only be allowed to leave if the La Liga club met their demands.The final breakthrough was made on Thursday when Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Michael Zorc met with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting executive Oscar Grau and director Raul Sanllehi during the Champions League draw i...
Barcelona Midfielder Rafinha Offered To Arsenal
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Barcelona Midfielder Rafinha Offered To Arsenal

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Rafinha from Barcelona, according to Sky Sports. The versatile attacking midfielder has not travelled with the rest of the Barcelona squad for their pre-season tour of the USA as he is currently recovering from a knee injury. Sky Sports reports believe Barcelona would listen to offers of more than €30m. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said last week that Rafinha, who featured 28 times last season, would not be sold. He is the younger brother of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara. When asked about his future last month, Rafinha said: “My future is open and God only knows what will happen.”
Barcelona Board Receives Vote Of No Confidence From Benedito
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Barcelona Board Receives Vote Of No Confidence From Benedito

Former Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito has lodged a vote of no confidence against the club’s current board. Benedito appeared in a news conference on Thursday to make the announcement, citing continued mismanagement at the top level by president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell. “The serious institutional crisis at our club requires that the club’s members assess whether the current board still has our confidence,” he said. “If you are a club member and believe that to restore the club we love the board should resign, join up with the will of many other fans by signing the vote of no confidence.” To take the vote of no confidence to the next stage, Benedito needs the support of 15 percent of the club’s members within 14 days, which he esti...

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