Jaume Llopis, member of the Barcelona Space Commission, resigned with a strict letter addressed to Joan Laporta: You will go down in history as the president who fired Messi.
The departure of Lionel Messi from Barcelona began to generate the first cracks in the club's leadership. So much so that the first resignation was charged. This is Jaume Llopis, a member of the Barcelona Space Commission. Professor at the IESE business school of the University of Navarra and specialized in strategy and corporate organization. To make his resignation official, the manager sent a strong letter to President Joan Laporta.
"You have disappointed me; I thought you were the only one capable of facing Florentino (referring to Pérez, the owner of Real Madrid). I lack information, but surely much more could be done for Messi to stay. Those that are leftover are many. Messi was an important patrimony of FC Barcelona", the letter prefaced.
"We reinforce PSG and make it easier for Mbappé to go to Madrid. Florentino's perfect plan. You will go down in history as the president who fired Messi", he hit hard.
Thus, Llopis at least did not fully believe in Laporta's version to argue the loss of the institution's greatest idol. "We have received a dire inheritance. That has made the club, the wage bill, represent 110% of the club's income. We have no salary margin.
La Liga regulations go through a financial fair that sets boundaries. So we have no margin, he explained in a press conference on Friday.
We couldn't make the first deal with Leo Messi. Barca had to hold the club hostage for half a century for this fair play, which is part of the club's audio-visual rights.
And I'm not willing to do that for anyone", he completed, always with a focus on the complications that Bartomeu's management left him and the barrier imposed by the League, managed by Javier Tebas.
But, at the same time, in the elections, Laporta appeared as the candidate capable of guaranteeing Messi's continuity, showing off his excellent relationship. Perhaps that's where the disappointment of the leader who resigned comes from.
Laporta said everything was settled, but we could not reach an agreement for La Liga.
There is no more than that. It is clear to me that I did everything possible to stay. I heard many things about my future, but it is clear to me that I did my best to stay," Messi said in his farewell, without generating friction with the president, but underlining what he gave to avoid the end of the relationship. A goodbye that has already begun to provoke movements in the interior of the club.
THE COMPLETE LETTER
You have disappointed me; I thought you were the only one capable of facing Florentino. Unfortunately, I lack information, but I am sure much more could be done for Messi to stay. Those that are leftover are many.
Messi was an essential patrimony of FC Barcelona.
We will see when the Super League arrives, if it arrives, and in the meantime, reinforcing PSG and making it easier for Mbappé to go to Madrid. Florentino's perfect plan. You will go down in history as the president who fired Messi.
Thank you for your confidence in joining the Espai Barça Commission. Although there is no official appointment or responsibility, I think I have contributed positive things. Still, I feel obliged to resign because I want to be free to express my opinions.
I wish you luck.