Josep Bartomeu said that most of the club’s financial woes had been caused by the impact of the pandemic, which closed down Camp Nou for more than a year and reduced other sources of revenue.
Barcelona closed the 2020-21 financial year with 481 million euros ($554 million) in losses “caused by both falling revenues and the inability to contain spending.”
The club lost star player Messi to Paris Saint-Germain this month because it could not give him a new contract that would fit within the Spanish league’s strict financial fair-play regulations.
In his previous contract, signed in 2017, Messi earned a massive 138 million euros ($163 million) per season.
Florentino Perez last week began his sixth term as Real Madrid president. He helped the club recover from its own financial problems when he first arrived in 2000. Now he feels it’s football in general that needs his help.
Barcelona are coming off their first season without a trophy since 2007-08 and have a debt of more than 1.1 billion euros, largely because of the coronavirus crisis.
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The report said the 33-year-old player has already secured more than 510 million euros ($619 million) of the total contract.
Voting will take place at six polling stations and by mail after the Catalan government made a change in the legislation "to allow for postal voting for sporting bodies," Barcelona said.
Laporta knows Messi from when he took over the club as their young president in 2003. A teenage Messi had recently joined the Spanish club after leaving Argentina with his family.
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The league president said Bartomeu, who resigned along with his board of directors on Tuesday, has been following the ideas of Real Madrid in recent years.
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Bartomeu said he accepted a proposal on Monday for Barcelona to play in "a future European Super League" which "would guarantee the financial stability of the club".
Bartomeu and his board are already set to be replaced in a club election in March. But some club members think they should go now after last month's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich, a season without titles, and Lionel Messi's attempt to leave the club.
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Despite his unhappiness, Messi insists he will give his all for Barcelona next season under their new coach Ronald Koeman, with his current contract due to expire in June 2021.
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Messi senior seemingly replied "yes" when asked by a reporter if they had considered the possibility of staying at the club for another season and then leaving for free next year.
In addition to meeting with Messi’s father, Barcelona said they also wanted to meet personally with the player to try to change his mind about leaving.
Spanish media reports said Lionel Messi has contacted the club to try to resolve the situation.
Koeman replaces the fired Quique Setién, who stayed only 25 matches on the job after taking over from Ernesto Valverde in January.