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Rift amongst legends: Bartomeu's differences with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta or Piqué

Pin Some of Barcelona's legends are unhappy with Barça's board. EFE/AFP
Some of Barcelona's legends are unhappy with Barça's board. EFE/AFP

Rift amongst legends: Bartomeu's differences with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta or Piqué

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Barcelona are going through a rough patch under Ernesto Valverde and current and former club legends such as Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez, Leo Messi, and Andres Iniesta have found criticised some of the club's decisions. The legends have opposed club president Josep Bartomeu in various ways, and his management has now come under suspicion again after Barcelona's loss to Atletico in the Spanish Supercup.

Despite the fact that they managed to comfortably go through to the next round in the Champions League and they're currently leading La Liga, Barcelona feels very fragile at the moment. 

The Barça, once a raft of oil, is going through a difficult time that now lives its last chapter with Ernesto Valverde.

The delicate situation surrounding the manager and the highly publicized search for a replacement has garnered some criticism, with some of it coming from the club's biggest stars.

Andres Iniesta has been the latest to join in. "You have to have respect for the current coach. The way everything is being done is a bit ugly," said the Fuentealbilla man in 'El Transistor'.

His words echoed Xavi Hernández's, who refused the offer to take over the team immediately. Xavi has also criticised the club on occasions and is said to be on one of Bartomeu's rivals side, Victor Font, for the club's next presidential election.

Legendary captain Carles Puyol has also shown his disregard for Barcelona's current management one way or another, such as when he declined to take the position of sports director in September last year. 

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés has also had his say indirectly. If his departure as a footballer was already questioned, the end of his stage at the head of the youth team raised much controversy. The differences between the former goalkeeper and those responsible for the Masia made any coexistence unattainable and the goalkeeper turned coach left only after a few weeks. 

Meanwhile, the words of a heavyweight like Leo Messi last summer after Neymar's failed transfer, which also affected Barcelona's preseason, are also worth mentioning, as the Argentinian was visibly upset about the board's handling of the situation. 

"I do not know if Barça did everything possible for his return," said the star in 'Sport'. Piqué is another player who has had several frictions with the executives for the summer tours and other issues, resulting in a call from Bartomeu to the central.

This is another example of the great schism that exists today in a club facing part of its history.

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