Barcelona president Bartomeu resigns before vote of no confidence after damaging Lionel Messi saga

BARCELONA president Josep Maria Bartomeu has offered his resignation, according to reports.

Bartomeu is understood to have handed in his notice on Tuesday afternoon before a vote of no confidence expected to boot him out.

Sport in Spain say a number of the directors on the board followed him out of the Nou Camp exit door following an urgent meeting just three days after Barcelona lost 3-1 at home to Real Madrid.

The Spaniard, 57, was particularly damaged by his handling of the Lionel Messi saga this summer.

He refused to budge on his stance, almost causing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to quit his boyhood club after 20 years.

Fans – who together own the club – came together and got the required number of signatures to initiate a no-confidence vote.

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