Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu met with former President of the United States Barack Obama at half-time of the Catalan club’s International Champions Cup 1-0 win against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Obama was present as a special guest at the FedEx Field to witness Barca win their second successive match in the U.S., with Neymar scoring the only goal of the game in the first half.
In a statement, Barca said that Obama was very “cordial” during the meeting, in which he talked with Bartomeu about the possibility of working with the club’s Foundation in the future.
“During Mr Obama’s encounter with Mr Bartomeu, the two talked about the work the FC Barcelona Foundation is carrying out in the United States,” the statement explained.
“In addition, they also talked about the FCBEscoles project and the women’s football team the club will be fielding in the country. The two also discussed the possibility of a future project involving both the Foundation and Mr Obama.”
James Costos, who was appointed as the club’s new strategic advisor in the United States earlier this month, organised the meeting.
Costos previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra from 2013 to 2017 and has also worked as a corporate and executive manager in the retail and entertainment industry, most notably at HBO.
Neymar’s goal against United was his third in two games, following his brace in the 2-1 win against Juventus at the weekend.
Barca have one final ICC game left in the States before returning to Spain ahead of the new season, against Clasico rivals Real Madrid in Miami on Saturday.