Barcelona risks “becoming a new AC Milan or a Manchester United” in being unable to compete for major honours, says club presidential candidate Victor Font.
Font is set to challenge current president Josep Maria Bartomeu in 2021.
Rivals Real Madrid won their first La Liga title in three years on Thursday.
Font said Barcelona risks being “one of the most successful clubs in Europe that is now not able to compete for the top titles”.
Font, who has been working on his presidential “project” since 2013, says the club faces a “perfect storm” in replacing a key generation of players, renovating the Nou Camp and dealing with the after-effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Competition over the last decade has become more and more professional,” he told Newsmen during an interview session
“You see in the Premier League with clubs well managed, and even states owning clubs to put in a lot of money at a time where the finance of the club and economic model is stretched to the limit.
“Unless we do what we are trying, Barca has the risk of becoming a new AC Milan or a Manchester United.”
AC Milan last won Serie A in 2010-11 while Manchester United have not won the Premier League since 2012-13.