It was on 27th October 2020 that Josep Maria Bartomeu stepped down from his role as Barcelona president.
The announcement of his resignation and that of his entire board of directors was greeted with a sigh of relief from Blaugrana faithful worldwide.
Here are the six sins of Bartomeu’s administration that can’t be forgotten quickly:
1. The Burofax
In August 2020, Lionel Messi sent a letter to Bartomeu telling the president he intended to leave the club.
Bartomeu’s poor management of the club has forced the best player in the history of football to request to leave Barcelona.
This would remain a stain on Bartomeu’s administration for a long time to come.
Josep Bartomeu allegedly hired a social media company to tarnish the image of some Barca legends in what’s now known as the Barcagate scandal.
The ex-president would later be arrested for this charge and tried in court.
As things stand, Bartomeu is still undergoing trial for this.
3. Plunging Barca into debt
Barcelona’s debt currently stands at €1.32 billion. There are numerous reasons for this. Bartomeu and his cronies managed the club’s finances like it was an inexhaustible resource.
This humongous debt is was forced the club to let go of Messi, as they couldn’t meet La Liga’s financial obligations of keeping him.
4. Paying stupendous transfer fees
Barcelona spent money like the ‘crazy rich Asians’ between 2018 and 2020.ADVERTISEMENT
Inexplicable transfer fees were shelled out. Like paying €60m for a 30-year-old Miralem Pjanic. Spending €120m on Antoine Griezmann and so on.
5. Letting Suarez go
For Cules, one of the most painful departures from the club during the Bartomeu era was that of Luis Suarez.
Bartomeu’s administration treated the Uruguayan goal machine like he was no longer a top player. He repaid them by moving over to Atleti and guiding them to La Liga title last season.
6. Hiring Koeman
When Barcelona sought for a new manager after the departure of Quique Setien, Barca could’ve done better than pitch tenth with Ronald Koeman.
Instead, Bartomeu and his board opted for the Dutchman and tied him to the club with a contract that’ll require the club pay at least €10m to fire him.
Joan Laporta can right some of this wrong, but he seems to be beating about the bush, still.