FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that he helped to defuse the animosity between star Lionel Messi and manager Luis Enrique. Bartomeu insists that there is no animosity between the two anymore with a famous bust up during a season threatening to derail FC Barcelona season was defused by Bartomeu with the help of others. “The animosity between Luis Enrique and Messi has passed. I acted on common sense and spoke to everyone, I contributed my bit, but there were many more who were involved too.” The outgoing president went onto add that the Lionel Messi has reinvented himself at FC Barcelona over the last year and is even better than ever having already won four Ballon D’ors. “Messi is the best in football history,” he told Cadena Cope. “This year he has been reinvented into an even better version.” The 52-year-old also revealed that Luis Suarez had other lucrative offers before he chose to join FC Barcelona, and also […]

Former FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has hit out at current incumbent Josep Maria Bartomeu and old rival Sandro Rosell for standing in this month’s elections despite facing criminal charges.   “We have two men, Mr Bartomeu and (his predecessor Sandro) Rosell, who are being pursued for corruption…if they had a minimum of decency they would not stand,” said Laporta at a press conference in Madrid to launch his own campaign for election. Laporta previously served as president at the Camp Nou from 2003 to 2010 before his mandate ended and Rosell was elected as his successor. But Rosell, a former ally of Laporta’s before the two fell out in 2005, resigned last year when investigations began into alleged misappropriation of funds in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar from Santos. Bartomeu, who had been the vice-president, stepped up to replace Rosell but in May a court ordered him to stand trial along with the club in the Neymar case. […]

Josep Maria Bartomeu says he wants to see FC Barcelona become the most dominant force in world football and a symbol for the sport around the globe. Josep Maria Bartomeu, who succeeded Sandro Rosell as the club’s president and is one of the favorites alongside Joan Laporta to become the president of the club on July 18 election, says his vision is to see FC Barcelona become the Apple, NASA and Facebook of world football. “By 2021, we want Barca to be to football what Apple is to computers, NASA for space exploration or Facebook for social media,” he said at a campaign speech. “The Barca of the 21st century is based on the social model, sporting, athletics and the new facilities we want to build in the Espai Barca project.” “We have a management model to strengthen our leadership in the world, to continue leading it in 2021 and to be a unique brand in the world. The aim is that […]

FC Barcelona outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club must continue to add new signings if they are to fend off competition from Real Madrid. FC Barcelona outgoing president Josep Maria Bartomeu is one of the favourites to take the top job at the Spanish and European champions alongside Joan Laporta in the next month’s election due on 18th of July. Reiterating that the club must continue to sign new players to compete with rivals Real Madrid, the current FC Barcelona president is confident that the capture of Aleix Vidal from Sevilla won’t be the only major transfer this summer with the club heavily linked for a move to bring Paul Pogba, Arda Turan, and Angel Di Maria amongst others to the Camp Nou. “We have a very reliable team for next season but besides Aleix Vidal another player will join,” Bartomeu is quoted as saying by Marca. “The club is not paralysed by the election process and is making sporting plans […]

The current Barcelona president confirmed that the treble-winning manager will continue at the club despite doubts about his future. Luis Enrique led Barcelona to a Champions League victory and the Catalans also became the only club to win a treble of trophies for the second time in history. The former Celta Vigo coach’s debut season was a grand success despite a slow start. However, despite a dream debut campaign with the Catalans, Enrique remains unsure of his Barcelona future. However, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has come forward and assured that he is confident that Enrique will continue at Barcelona and he will also suggest a contract extension for the Spaniard. The Spanish giants will hold presidential elections this summer and if Bartomeu wins, he will offer to extend Enrique’s current contract which has one more season on it. Bartomeu said: “I have no doubt regarding Luis Enrique’s continuity. He is under contract and has done a magnificent job. “I […]