Bartomeu's departure follows mounting pressure from fans and his public falling-out with Lionel Messi and helps avoiding a vote of no confidence, which had been triggered after over 20,000 Barcelona members signed a petition for him to be removed.
The 33-year-old great has been in open conflict with FC Barcelona but it had no detrimental effect on his form as his 13th minute penalty was the difference in a tight encounter.
Lionel Messi has announced that he will stay at Barcelona, insisting he could never go to court against "the club of his life."
Barcelona says Messi is the only player who did not undergo the tests at the club’s training centre.
After dozens of titles, hundreds of goals and countless records, Lionel Messi's spectacular career at Barcelona could be coming to an abrupt end.
Bayern’s stunning start to the standout quarterfinal between the only past champions in the last eight saw Thomas Müller score twice and Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry add on in the first half-hour.
Barcelona will have to improve significantly to match Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, who are arguably favourites to win the tournament.
Real Madrid have been crowned La Liga champions for the 34th time after Karim Benzema scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Villarreal which clinched the title with one game to spare.
Barca once again failed to build on an early advantage and were forced to grind out the victory in the second half as Valladolid took the game to them.
Substitute Ivan Rakitic scores in the 71st minute to help Barcelona win 1-0 against Athletic Bilbao bringing the Catalans back to the top of the La Liga. Second placed Real Madrid face Real Mallorca on Wednesday.
Messi was hauled to the ground in the first half by a diving Unai Bustinza wrapping two arms around his waist and he was knocked over again in the second, this time earning a penalty, which he converted.
In February, Spain’s Cadena Ser radio network reported that a company hired by Barcelona used fake social media accounts to discredit opposition figures and even some of its players when they expressed views that went against the club.
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