When Diego Armando Maradona joined Barcelona following the 1982 World Cup for a then world record transfer fee of £5m it was for most, a logical and evolutionary move for a player already deemed one of the best players in the world and one who's star was most definitely on the rise. Leaving his native Argentina and his boyhood heroes Boca Juniors for Catalunya this, as the world’s football media speculated, would prove to be the move that would elevate him to the very top of football’s table of the elite.
Rosell himself would go on to play the main role in another saga that was to go on to affect Barca’s mythical status in the eyes of the world. Well, actually his Presidency was never one that had the looks of one that was befitting of the head honcho at the Camp Nou. It was, for Rosell, an extremely challenging Presidency filled with scandal and tragedy. There was the public slanging match between him and club legend
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FC Barcelona, La Blaugrana or simply, the universally accepted “ Barca “, the sporting entity that throughout most of its history has always proclaimed themselves quite literally as “ more than a club “, are no more. This was no sudden passing in the night either for Catalunya’s most famous institution, no accident.