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Bartomeu on the attack: It was a horrible decision to let Messi go.

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Josep Maria Bartomeu’s tenure as president of Barcelona ended in shame, but it hasn’t prevented him from criticizing Joan Laporta’s tenure so far.

Bartomeu has been displeased with Laporta’s efforts in the role since Lionel Messi’s departure in the summer, despite Bartomeu’s presence at the club almost drove Messi out a year ago.

“They let Messi go, and that seems to me to be a horrible decision,” Bartomeu told Sport, Mundo Deportivo, and others.

“Playing without Messi demonstrates that many things must change.

“I didn’t want Messi to go as president, and I tried everything I could to prevent it.”

Bartomeu went on to defend his much-maligned board of directors, who have been blamed for the club’s present financial situation.

“I’m not scared,” Bartomeu declared. “No one from my board reached for the cash register. You can’t disguise it, and we should have figured it out by now after so many months.

“Neither the audit nor their due diligence revealed anything.” They are free to do what they like.”

Ronald Koeman was appointed as coach by the outgoing president, and he still believes the Dutchman is the best candidate for the job.

“He’s ready,” Bartomeu explained. “You have to be patient and let him develop a team without having the best player on the planet.”

“I believe the group has a lot of potential.”

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