Josep maria bartomeu features resigned as the president of fc barcelona, following a breakdown in relations along with its celebrity player, lionel messi, and a broader management crisis which has had engulfed the globes highest-earning football club.

Mr bartomeu plus the rest of the board at catalan club launched their particular deviation on tuesday evening.

The move emerged before a looming vote of no confidence from club users and following weeks of stress from fans and commentators.

Barcelona have actually experienced embarrassing defeats regarding the pitch recently, while the clubs finances are under strain because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr bartomeu, just who became president in 2014 and whoever term had been because end the following year, has been greatly criticised by messi.

Messi demanded to leave the club in august but eventually decided to see completely his playing agreement, which leads to june 2021, in order to prevent entering a legal dispute.

In august, barcelona experienced a humiliating 8-2 defeat against germanys bayern munich when you look at the quarter-finals for the champions league, europes top club baseball competition, in just one of the worst losings in its record.

Responding, the club sacked mind advisor quique setin, changing him with ronald koeman, while offloading many ageing players over the summer time transfer screen, including luis surez and ivan rakitic.

The club features didn't win the champions league since 2015, struggling collapses when you look at the subsequent stages of the competitors lately. the club additionally suffered a damaging 3-1 home beat to arch-rivals genuine madrid on saturday.

Previously this month, barcelona posted a 100m pre-tax reduction for final period, while a lot more than doubling debt to 488m. all of the company has been hit by the pandemic.

The club stated commercial profits had been down 9 per cent to 297m as sponsorship deals dropped through. matchday revenues dropped 24 % to 162m, with spectators having already been absent since march. broadcasting income dropped 17 % to 249m, partly due to a lot fewer european suits because of the pandemic.

In a departing statement, mr bartomeu said barcelona had authorized, in principle, joining a european super league of groups, outlining that its creation would safeguard the clubs financial future. but he couldn't supply further information on any suggestion or other groups ready to join these types of a competition.