'Joan Laporta is a failure': Ex-players, fans, pundits pile on president for Lionel Messi exit


‘Joan Laporta’s second stint is ALREADY a failure’: Ex-players, fans and pundits pile on Barcelona president for Lionel Messi’s shock departure…while others blame Catalan club’s members for electing Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2015 which led to financial chaos 

  • Fans have blasted Barcelona president Joan Laporta for Lionel Messi’s exit
  • Laporta, who was elected in March, was labelled ‘a failure’ for letting Messi go
  • Laporta had boasted of his strong personal ties with the Argentine forward 


Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been labelled a failure by angry fans and disappointed pundits for being unable to keep Lionel Messi.

Laporta, who in his first term presided over Messi’s rise from the club’s academy to become the best player in the world, was elected for a second tenure in March after promising to keep Barca’s all-time top scorer at the club.

The Catalan boasted of his strong, decades-long bond with Messi, and repeatedly stated he would do all within his power to convince the Argentine to stay after he had tried to leave the club last year.

Barcelona fans and pundits have criticised president Joan Laporta for Lionel Messi's shock exit

Barcelona fans and pundits have criticised president Joan Laporta for Lionel Messi’s shock exit

Fans have blamed the president for failing to trim the club's bloated wage bill to keep Messi

Fans have blamed the president for failing to trim the club’s bloated wage bill to keep Messi

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