Josep Bartomeu has resigned as president of Barcelona.

The entire board that served under Bartomeu is also understood to have resigned, according to multiple reports.

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On Monday, Bartomeu said that resigning as president had "never crossed my mind", so his resignation 24 hours later represents a remarkable U-turn.

He had come under fire this year for his fractured relationship with star player Lionel Messi after the Argentinian handing in a transfer request in the summer. Messi has also publicly criticised the way that the club handled the departure of Luis Suarez in September.

Barcelona's constitution reads that if a president resigns, they incur 15% of any debt accumulated over their term. Barcelona's current debt is 488 million euros, leaving Bartomeu with a 78 million euro bill to pay, but it is unknown whether he will take on that responsibility.

Barcelona lost the first El Clasico of the season 3-1 on the weekend.

Bartomeu has also announced, upon resignation, that the club have "approved participation in a European Super League".

"The future European Super League will guarantee the sustainability of the club and that Barca keeps belonging to it's members".

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