FC Barcelona can’t be a fun place to be around these days. Having lost 4-1 at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their round-of-16 Champions League clash, turning things around in France is looking like a very tall order. Things aren’t looking much better for them in the Copa del Rey, where they will look to reverse a 2-0 deficit against Sevilla in the second leg of their semifinal. And sitting in third place in La Liga, five points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid is way short of Barca’s usual high standards. Off the pitch, the rumors about superstar Lionel Messi planning to leave the club just won’t stop — and the club has amassed well over €1 billion $1.2 billion) in debt, of which €730 million are current liabilities. As if all this wasn’t enough, there is now legal trouble. On Monday, police searched the club’s offices at the Camp Nou stadium as well as a number of private residences. They arrested four people, including Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was the club’s president between 2014 and 2020. After appearing before a judge, Bartomeu was released on Tuesday, along with his former adviser Jaume Masferrer. The court… Read full this story
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