Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the club’s board RESIGN.

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has handed in his resignation to the La Liga club.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has handed in his resignation to the club

There has been several call for the club’s president to step down from the Catalan hierarchy after several controversies over the summer including a public fall-out with Lionel Messi which nearly forced the Argentine to leave the club.

Josep Maria Bartomeu on Monday said there was ‘no need for him to resign’ ahead of an imminent vote of no confidence but an emergency meeting on Tuesday saw the club president and other board members hand in their resignation.

The news comes as a boost with the possibility of Lionel Messi staying at the Camp Nou beyond this season following the departure of Bartomeu.

The club president criticised the Argentine striker when he announced his shock transfer request to leave the Camp Nou earlier this summer.

Bartomeu has been criticised following his public public fallout with Messi which almost made the Argentine leave the club

Messi revealed that the club president did not honour his words about letting him leave the club if he wanted to as the 33-year-old tried to move on a free transfer due to a clause in his contract.

‘I told the president and, well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word,’ Messi told Goal in September.

Barcelona currently sit 12th on the La Liga table after back-to-back defeat in the Spanish top flight with recent defeat in the El Classico.

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