More Resignation Rocks Joan Laporta’s Administration As Barcelona Lose Another High-Profile Official

Xavier Budo

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Another prominent member of Barcelona’s leadership has chosen to step down, as Director of Sports Xavier Budo is set to depart imminently. Catalunya Radio, cited by Sport, reports that Budo submitted his resignation last week, mere days before the handball team clinched victory in the Champions League final.

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Budo was responsible for managing the club’s professional teams, excluding the men’s first team.

Budo’s departure stems from dissatisfaction with external interference and perceived encroachments on his responsibilities, hindering his ability to fulfill his duties autonomously. This narrative resonates with Culers, who have witnessed over 30 senior figures leave the club since Joan Laporta’s second presidency began four years ago.

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This marks the second notable exit from the board in the past four months, following Eduard Romeu’s departure as Vice-President of the Economy.


Barcelona is urgently seeking a financial boost, and Saudi Arabia emerges as a potential source. The oil-rich nation is exploring various avenues of collaboration with the Catalan giants. Persistent rumors linking their players to Saudi interest suggest a desire to lure some of Barcelona’s stars, although none have signaled interest in such a move.

This avenue might be considered for players like Ansu Fati or Clement Lenglet, while inquiries about the price tags of players like Andreas Christensen, Ronald Araujo, and Jules Kounde have also been made. Raphinha is another name that catches Saudi attention.

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Sport reports that Saudi Arabia has expressed interest in negotiating a talent exchange with the club, although specifics remain undisclosed. Additionally, the Saudis are eyeing sponsorship deals, with potential investment in Barca Vision as the club seeks to fill the void left by Libero’s €100m departure this summer.

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