Barca chief to resign amid Messi storm?


FC Barcelona's president Josep Maria Bartomeu is coming under increased pressure to resign following Lionel Messi's transfer request.

On Tuesday evening, Barcelona confirmed that Messi had handed in a formal transfer request, signalling his intention to leave the club with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old's decision comes at a time where the club is going through a tumultuous period on the pitch and in the boardroom, and Bartomeu is facing increased pressure from the supporters to resign.

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Following news of Messi's transfer request, mass protests were held across Barcelona calling for the beleaguered chief to step down, with many seeing him and his board as the root of the club's problems in recent seasons, according to the Evening Standard.

Bartomeu was placed under more pressure by former Barca captain Carles Puyol, who is the longest-serving captain in the club's history, after he took to Twitter to throw his support behind his former teammate. 

"Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend," Puyol tweeted

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Messi's strike partner Luis Suarez, who has reportedly been told to leave by new boss Koeman, also added his voice to the situation when he replied to Puyol's tweet with a clapping emoji.

Initial reports suggest that Bartomeu had already handed in his resignation in the immediate aftermath of Messi's request, but these have since been denied, according to Diario Sport.

Barcelona's next presidential elections take place in March next year but it remains to be seen if Bartomeu and his board will still be around by the time that comes around.