Irate FC Barcelona fans have required the acquiescence of club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, after skipper Lionel Messi reported on Tuesday that he wished to leave the Catalan side.
A large crowd of fans outside FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday night were heard chanting “We love you, Messi stay, Messi stay!” and “Bartomeu resign!”
An 80-year-old Joana Polo, wearing an FC Barcelona face mask, on Wednesday outside Camp Nou told Reuters: “I am very upset, for me Barca is Messi and Messi is Barca. They are the same, he is the symbol of Barca.
“They should erect a monument in Camp Nou for him. I do not think Messi’s departure should be allowed to happen.”
Barcelona President, Josep Bartomeu had guaranteed fans that Messi would remain at the Camp Nou next season, following the 8-2 annihilation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-last.
Notwithstanding, Messi needs Barca to end his agreement, so he can join another club.
Another fan at Camp Nou said, “You can take defeats in sports but I can’t handle Messi leaving,” Oriol, 40 told Reuters.