Bartomeu resigned on the twenty-seventh of last October, after pressure escalated to hold a referendum to withdraw confidence from him as president of the club, in a stormy period that followed the team’s disastrous loss at the hands of Bayern Munich by eight goals to two, during which Lionel Messi, the club legend, announced his desire to leave for the first time.
The resigned president was subjected to multiple criticisms from the current president, Joan Laporta, who commented on him, saying: “My administration was serious, responsible and firm, but I do not say that, who is saying it is the League of League and the European Union “UEFA” with the rules of financial fair play and its auditors.”
“My positive management has been undermined by the consequences of the Covid virus, which has reduced our revenues significantly, and here the club began to suffer, because we were within the range of salaries allowed by UEFA.”
“In previous years, we succeeded in doubling our revenues to nearly one billion euros, which allowed us to invest in the first team and win titles,” Bartomeu said.
In the full interview, Bartomeu will talk about the Messi case, the impact of Neymar’s sale to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, and the controversial contracts with Osman Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann.