Former Barcelona manager and player Pep Guardiola has weighed in with his thoughts on Catalonian independence.
The current Bayern Munich manager, who left the Nou Camp in 2012, believes independence is inevitable.
The topic has come to the fore once again in Spain, with the Catalan parliamentary elections taking place later this week, and it could have massive repercussions for the La Liga giants.
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The Blaugrana have been warned they face being excluded from Liga BBVA should Catalan gain independence and Guardiola believes it will happen sooner or later.
As per FourFourTwo, Guardiola, who made 366 appearances as a player for the club, told Catalan newspaper El Punt Avui: "Sooner or later [Catalan independence] will arrive. Of that, I am sure and both Catalunya and Spain will be better.
"It doesn't scare me if the day after [the elections] there is a large majority of people who decide in that way [for independence], even though there are others who think in a completely different way.
"The desire for a new way of things that will be better comes before everything else. It will be very difficult to stop it if there is a huge majority."
Independence could have a huge impact on the future of one of world football's superpowers. Being excluded from La Liga could be detrimental for the success of the Catalan club.
Where they would play their league football has not been discussed as independence is some way off, but it will be in the back of senior figures' minds depending on the results of the election.
The loss of Barcelona would also be a huge blow to La Liga, however, this topic is more than just football, it is incredibly political.
For now, the game goes on and Barca will be looking to bounce back from a shocking 4-1 defeat to Celta Vigo, with victory against Las Palmas at the weekend.
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