After entering of Barcelona in the quarterfinal of the Cup of Spain Gratacós has declared the following words: “There was not only one Messi on the field. Messi was one of the major players, but the whole team was playing. Without Iniesta, Neymar, Piqué and others Leo would never become the good player. Though it is obvious that now he is the best one”.
Barcelona has emphasized that such remarks do not coincide with the interests of the club and has dismissed the director.
” Pere Gratacós is dismissed because he has publicly expressed the personal opinion which does not coincide with the position of the club,” – the official statement of the press service of Barcelona.
Nevertheless, Pere Gratacós will remain in the structure of the club and will be in charge of the reconstruction of youth academy.
In 2010 Gratacós has got into similar scandal when he, after receiving “Ballon d’Or” by Lionel Messi, has told that “there are a lot of players as Messi in Africa”.