Josep Maria Bartomeu dropped a bombshell on Tuesday when he decided to resign from his role of FC Barcelona president. The fans celebrated the decision as they hoped the vote of no confidence would make Bartomeu and his board of directors crumble under pressure. Apart from the fans, the players also learned about the former president’s decision while having dinner in Turin.
Ahead of their game against Juventus today, Barcelona’s squad arrived in Turin to train and rest. Bartomeu’s decision stung many Culés. However, multiple reactions came out from the different players. For example, Lionel Messi, who reportedly had no relationship with his president, surely had a smile on his face after his fight against him in the summer. On the other hand, Frenkie de Jong, who had a good relationship with Bartomeu, didn’t expect this decision.
It wasn’t much of a surprise for the players who had a bad relationship with the former president. Leo Messi and Gerard Piqué came out recently against Bartomeu. These two testaments might have led Bartomeu to resign before the motion of no confidence. Nonetheless, the board’s resignation might reduce tensions in the dressing room. Now, a temporary board will take place until the next elections. This means the environment surrounding the club will be healthier for everyone. Without any political noise around the club, the players have to focus more on their football, and Ronald Koeman can now work in peace.
Source: Javi Miguel
David Beckham confirms Messi has been mentioned in MLS plans
During the presentation of the new Inter Miami kit, club owner and former football superstar David Beckham confirmed that he has big ambitions for his side. The Englishman has been making major headway since he founded the club, who began playing in Major League Soccer (MLS) last season.
The Miami based club unveiled their secondary jersey, named La Palma on Saturday. Beckham, during the ceremony spoke about his plans for the club, stating how important it is to attract the biggest names in football.
The former Real Madrid and Manchester United man addressed rumours about both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “I know that in Miami our fans want to see great stars. Messi and Ronaldo have been mentioned, have been at the top of their game and have been the best for the last 15 years. We want to attract the best players.”
Speaking about the talent he has already managed to attract, Beckham added: “We already have players like Higuaín and Matuidi who already bring shine and glamour, but in the future we want to have the opportunity to bring big name signings.”
Back when Messi asked to leave Barcelona last summer, the Argentine was linked however briefly to a move to the MLS. Inter Miami, being the most possible suitors. However, Messi ended up staying in Spain after a complicated transfer saga.
There is no doubt that with Beckham at the helm, Inter Miami could attract a ton of big names in the future. However, a move to the States would most certainly be a step sideways for Messi, considering he still has years left at the top in Europe.