Pere Gratacos 58, is the director of Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper (Barcelona training ground and academy).

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Gratacos was relieved of his duties effective immediately after he made some comments about Messi. He was speaking shortly after Barcelona managed to overcome Alt. Bilbao in the Copa del Rey.

Gratacos said: ‘It wasn’t just Leo. Leo is one of the most important players in the team, but Barcelona went through because of the whole team.

‘Leo without Neymar, without Suarez, without Iniesta, without Pique, without the other players, would not be as good a player, although it is clear that he is the best player.’

The club released an official statement on Gratacos on their twitter handle.