Thursday, 23rd January, 2014
Sandro Rosell has resigned as president of Spanish giants Barcelona amid continuing questions about the deal to take Neymar to the Camp Nou in the summer.
A Spanish court has agreed to investigate an alleged misappropriation of funds in the €57m deal which saw the Brazilian snapped up from Santos.
Rosell told a press conference: "In all of these years we have seen that our successes are the result of our victories on the pitch and overcoming innumerable obstacles off the pitch: political, external and, what’s worse, at times the pressure has come from our own environment.
"It has been an honour to serve the Barcelonistas. It’s been a privilege to be the president of FC Barcelona. I wish the best to the new president and I ask the club members to support him.
"I also want to thank my family. They, in the end, are the essence of my life. They are the most important thing to me."
In accordance with Barcelona's rules, the club's vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu, will assume the presidency from Rosell.
Bartomeu will serve the remainder of Rosell's term in office, which runs until 2016.