“Messi stay, Bartomeu resign!” – Barcelona fans chant at Camp Nou

“Messi stay, Bartomeu resign!” – Barcelona fans chant at Camp Nou

Angry FC Barcelona fans have called for the resignation of club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, after captain Lionel Messi announced on Tuesday that he wished to leave the Catalan side.

A large crowd of fans outside FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday night were heard chanting “We love you, Messi stay, Messi stay!” and “Bartomeu resign!”

An 80-year-old Joana Polo, wearing an FC Barcelona face mask, on Wednesday outside Camp Nou told Reuters: “I am very upset, for me Barca is Messi and Messi is Barca. They are the same, he is the symbol of Barca.

“They should erect a monument in Camp Nou for him. I do not think Messi’s departure should be allowed to happen.”

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Barcelona President, Josep Bartomeu had assured fans that Messi would stay at the Camp Nou next season, following the 8-2 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.

However, Messi wants Barca to terminate his contract, so he can join a new club.

Another fan at Camp Nou said, “You can take defeats in sports but I can’t handle Messi leaving,” Oriol, 40 told Reuters.

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