Barcelona in crisis after six directors resign in protest at way club is run

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He’s going to retire there, or at least leave on a free to play a season in America or Argentina. It’s mad that his loyalty to the club will eventually work against their interest. Its hard to argue against the idea that his wages are currently stifling their ability to build a squad and in an ideal world they would have cashed in on him like Real did for Ronaldo. It’s a couple of seasons too late now but £200m for Messi from PSG or City and £90m / season freed up would do Barca a big favour.
Considering how poorly they've spent money recently, I feel like it would have just been wasted and they wouldn't even have Messi anymore to bail them out when needed.
 

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So, 2 Liga titles in 2018 and 2019 and a second place by 2020 is a major horrible crisis??
 

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The day Messi retires they'll become a real mess. Too many players expected to perform like him and the pressure will be insane.
 

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It's the truth, he takes up too much in terms of wages, influence on and off the pitch. They need a reset
He’s going to retire there, or at least leave on a free to play a season in America or Argentina. It’s mad that his loyalty to the club will eventually work against their interest. Its hard to argue against the idea that his wages are currently stifling their ability to build a squad and in an ideal world they would have cashed in on him like Real did for Ronaldo. It’s a couple of seasons too late now but £200m for Messi from PSG or City and £90m / season freed up would do Barca a big favour.
they spent huge money in transfer fees and wages since Messi's new deal. It's not limiting them

Spending that money on the wrong players is. Also the fact they haven't hired a good enough manager since Luis Enrique, and the bar there was much lower at the time thanks to the MSN at the peak of their powers(and they still only got 1 CL and 2 leagues to show for it, and that only after Luis Enrique took a step back and started doing things more to the players' liking, though he did get Messi to move back to the right to make space for Neymar in the process. For about 6 months)
 

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When Messi finally leaves they are going to have a nightmare few years like we did post Fergie. It's really not possible to replace the irreplaceable. The drop off st the club after that little genius goes will be staggering. They only won one CL before he started. What do they have now? 5 or 6? Can't remember.
2 UCL before he started and 18 league titles,tbh (he was marginally useful in the 2005/2006 Liga/UCL double).

And most Barça fans would swap current Messi for Neymar+Lautaro.
 

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Messi is on €1.3m per week, Griezmann €850k per week, Suarez €450k per week, De Jong €300k per week, Busquets €300k per week, Coutinho, Rakitic, Pique, Dembele and Umtiti are on €250k per week each, Roberto €200k per week, Vidal €180k per week, Alba and Ter Stegen €165k per week... And most of them still have multiple years left in their contract!

Their wage bill is out of control, and their financials are dire. Their next board even if Bartomeu loses the election has a hell lot to deal with.
Surely Griezmann isn’t on that much? They need to worry about shifting Suarez before they do Messi.

Suarez, Vidal, Dembele,UmtitiCoutinho and Rakitic out this summer if they can find buyers would be a good start to the summer. Give Greizmann a chance as the number 9/false 9 next season and build around De Jong in midfield. Much easier said than done though.
 

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Seen some of their fans suggest a rebuild cannot happen until they let Messi go.
I think they can rebuild with or without Messi as long as they actually well run. Instead they keep splashing money on misfit players and hiring managers with no pedigree/genuine quality.
 

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I mean, didn't everyone here pretty much feel Griezmann was a poor fit beforehand? Strange that their board could not. It's basic errors like this that have gotten them in a soup. Countinho, another player that was an odd fit.

That coupled with poor managers. I mean, if you fancy yourself as an elite club, why not go for someone with genuine quality and not these random managers?
 

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I mean, didn't everyone here pretty much feel Griezmann was a poor fit beforehand? Strange that their board could not. It's basic errors like this that have gotten them in a soup. Countinho, another player that was an odd fit.

That coupled with poor managers. I mean, if you fancy yourself as an elite club, why not go for someone with genuine quality and not these random managers?
Well they are cheap for a start. For example, Simeone makes 43m euros a year. Guardiola 24. Klopp and Mourinho 18. Zidane 16. Conté 15.

Quique Setien?.....6.

The top five highest paid players in the world, by contrast, are (in order) Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez, and Griezmann. When three of the five are from Barca, you can see why wages account for an unsustainable 78% of revenue, and why you might penny pinch when it comes to the coach. Regardless of how stupid all those decisions are.
 

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I think they can rebuild with or without Messi as long as they actually well run. Instead they keep splashing money on misfit players and hiring managers with no pedigree/genuine quality.
The way they spent the Neymar money should be taught in sports business schools as to how not to run your sports business.
 

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I don't think Bartomeu can stand for election again, there is a term limit.

Financially Barcelona are a shambles, big part of the problem is they've just continually pandered to what Messi and other big players in the squad expect. Totally turned their back on what made them successful originally, bringing through their own youth players.

With revenue now set to implode all the greed and bad transfers will come home to roost.

Very interesting article on Arthur transfer:

https://www.espn.com/soccer/soccer-...lona-for-70mpjanic-to-move-in-other-direction

Essentially they've done this swap as they can book the sale money straight away but buy money is amortized over 5 years. Accounting tricks so they board arn't on the hook for the losses...
 

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Well they are cheap for a start. For example, Simeone makes 43m euros a year. Guardiola 24. Klopp and Mourinho 18. Zidane 16. Conté 15.

Quique Setien?.....6.

The top five highest paid players in the world, by contrast, are (in order) Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Suarez, and Griezmann. When three of the five are from Barca, you can see why wages account for an unsustainable 78% of revenue, and why you might penny pinch when it comes to the coach. Regardless of how stupid all those decisions are.
Better to pay big for a quality manager than on the likes Griezmann. A performing manager will anyway save you money in the long run.
 

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I think people forget that Barca before the Xavi/Messi/Ineista crop where always bad at buying players. Before they stuck gold with that crop, they had had one CL and 16 leagues. Further, if you look at them before the 90's they were not really a player on the European level.

My hope for them is that they go back to their pre-90's place once Messi is done as they are one of the most arrogant clubs out there - 'more than a club' - and they have had the favour of decisions far too much for my liking in Europe.
 

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Barcelona need sell Lionel Messi and new strong manager in this season will make Barcelona better future and no more then need look at Real Madrid is strong team now after sold C Ronaldo
 

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Interesting to see what happens when Messi is gone . La Liga is not as competitive as Premier League, so it's very unlikely that they will collapse like we did after Sir Alex retired.
 

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Interesting to see what happens when Messi is gone . La Liga is not as competitive as Premier League, so it's very unlikely that they will collapse like we did after Sir Alex retired.
I agree on this one, Barcelona can always take the other La Liga team best player to bounce back, while we would always struggle when there are 5 other teams who are competing and nowdays PL clubs always have the power & money to make things difficult in selling their players to another PL teams. However they need to make the change about the board there otherwise they won't be able to recover if they keep messing things around for too long.