Bartomeu defends his Barcelona legacy: We won 22 trophies in 10 years

Bartomeu defends his Barcelona legacy: We won 22 trophies in 10 years

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The former president has hit back at criticism from the current board in an interview with SPORT

Ex-Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has defended his tenure at the club in an interview with SPORT. He contradicts the version of events given by the new board, led by Joan Laporta, who have called his management of the club a "disaster."

"They talk about inheriting a disastrous legacy, but I don't see it," Bartomeu said. "On the sporting side of things? In 10 years we've won 22 trophies, the other sports teams have won more titles than ever and we've left the best women's team in the world, with the treble they just won...

"And look at all the players coming out of our academy: Ansu Fati, Araujo, Riqui Puig, Mingueza, Pedri's been signed, Ilaix who has made the club money, Konrad..."

Looking to the future, Bartomei continued: "And those that are coming through, Gavi, Nico, Collado. They're the present and future because they have a lot of talent. That is also part of our legacy. Great work's been done at the academy."

Bartomeu continued_ "We should also speak about the legacy of the Foundation and the Patrimonial: we finished La Masia, new pavilions, expanding at San Joan Despi, the Johan Cruyff stadium, leaving the Espai Barça project practically ready so that just the machinery has to come in. Even the finance model for Espai Barça with Goldman Sachs is our legacy, because they're still betting on Barça."