The former president of Barcelona Josep Lluis Nunez, who has been the club’s head for over 22 years and also during the success of their iconic 1992 team, has passed on yesterday, Monday 3rd of December 2018 and he is aged 87. This information was announced by the Catalan club.
FC Barcelona who expressed its pain and grief upon hearing the passing away of Josep Lluis Nunez (1931-2018), president of the club between 1978 and 2000,” Barca wrote in a statement saying “Nunez recruited several star players over his tenure, from Argentina’s Diego Maradona to Brazilian duo Rivaldo and Ronaldo.
Adding that it was in 1988 that he made one of his most influential signings, by appointing Holland´s Johan Cruyff as a coach, prompting a radical overhaul of Barcelona’s playing identity. Under Cruyff, the Catalan club won four La Liga titles in a row, from 1991 to 1994, and their first European Cup in 1992.
Nunez had also been said to have been behind the establishment of La Masia in 1979, the club´s training centre, now famous for bringing through the likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol and Pep Guardiola.
Late Nunez is also said to be the owner of a construction group and hotels business known as Nunez i Navarro, Nunez spent a few weeks in prison between 2014 and 2015 after he was sentenced to two years and two months for bribing Spanish tax officials.