It did not come up as a surprise when Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as the 40th president of Barcelona on 27 October 2020.
He became interim president after the resignation of Sandro Rosell in 2014, before winning the election in the next year to officially become president of Barcelona. He has recently been coming under intense pressure to resign following the dire financial situation the club’s find itself in, and the recent handling of the transfer saga involving club star Lionel Messi. The entire board also stepped down with the president. In his resignation speech, he said that he had already begun proceedings for Barcelona to join a Super League to ease its financial woes.
Why Bartomeu resigned
Bartomeu was due to step down in March 2021, after serving his last-second term as president. However, he faced a vote of no confidence, and all indications were that the required 66% threshold that would have seen kicked out would have been reached. In fact, it estimated that 80% of all votes cast would have been against him, making him the first Barcelona president to be kicked out. During his time as president, Barcelona won a total of 4 leagues, 4 cups, and managed to win the treble in the 2014/15 season. However, the sale of Neymar proved to be one of his major undoings. The money generated from the sale brought on star players such as Antione Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, and Philip Coutinho for a total of 400m Euros. However, these players did not live up to expectations, with many considering the huge outlay and its lack of success as a financial disaster. The lack of silverware in the past few years and an old depleted and expensive squad leaves Barcelona in serious disarray, which the next president is expected to address within the next four to five years. If you are a football or Barcelona fan, then you can consider betting on some of your favourite games at popular and trustworthy casinos such as Mobilebet or ComeOn.
Likely candidates to take over
Anyone wanting to be the next president of Barcelona needs to understand the humongous task ahead. This giant not only needs to be successful on the pitch, but it also needs to be financially viable. The incoming president will also need to deal with the issue of how to manage Messi, whom many believe is at the tail-end of his career, but still has something to offer for the club. There will also be the issue of the coach, with the return of club legend Xavi being on the campaigning points for Font as he seeks the hot seat. After the resignation of Bartomeu, the club’s election that was expected to take place in June 2021, will now take place in March. Some of the names that have been fronted as potential contenders include Toni Freixa, Victor Font, Lluis Fernandez, and Jordi Laporta, a former president.