22:23 GMT28 November 2020
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    The announcement comes in the wake of the poor season for the club so far and the possibility of Lionel Messi quitting Barcelona over an altercation with Bartomeu.

    FC Barcelona's President Josep Maria Bartomeu has officially resigned from the post.

    The decision was announced at a press briefing on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou, following a board meeting the day before. Bartomeu himself said on Monday that resigning from the club had "never crossed my mind".

    ​Bartomeu's term was supposed to end in March 2021, but the now-former Barcelona president came under pressure from club members.

    Bartomeu has been criticised for Barca's worsening finances and poor performance last season. He was also blasted by Messi, who sought a transfer in July but failed to receive it. The Argentine forward then accused Bartomeu of lying to him, adding that "there has been no project or anything for a long time" in the club.

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