Barcelona presidential candidate believes Argentina superstar can be convinced to stay at Camp Nou
Lionel Messi’s situation at Barcelona is “reversible”, according to presidential hopeful Joan Laporta.
With Messi out of contract at the end of the campaign, the 33-year-old’s long-term future is still uncertain, although the end of the reign of Josep Maria Bartomeu – with whom he has had a strained relationship – as that president can convince the superstar to stay.
One potential issue relates to financial woes caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with presidential hopeful Toni Freixa last month saying Messi would have to cut the terms of his exceptional contract.
Laporta, who hopes to return to a post he held between 2003 and 2010, remains optimistic that Barca’s financial woes and Messi’s future can be resolved.
“These are two things that are the result of mismanagement. The situation has worsened with Covid, but mismanagement is part and is at the root of that consequence; having Leo like that,” Laporta said. AS .
“The two things are reversible. The club situation is reversible and the Leo issue, I hope so too.
“I think the most important thing is that Leo said he would wait for a new president to decide and therefore he would be ready to listen to Barca’s proposal.
“They told me they would wait until the end of the season. I like to stay with the positive and I think it’s very positive.”
In 2008 Barca sold Ronaldinho and Deco, but Messi was reassured about the club’s ambition and his own position as a crucial member of the squad after a meeting with Laporta.
When asked what his message to Messi would be now, Laporta said such a response hinged on his victory in the election.
“To answer the question, I must first be president. To see the possibilities that we have within the club to make a good financial proposal,” he added.
“And then, the sporting proposition must be competitive. Leo is not moving for money, he wants Barça.
“And then, I think what he really wants is to keep winning the Champions League and leagues. And there is the key to the problem. Make a competitive proposal. “