According to Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta, who has also endorsed under-fire head coach Ronald Koeman, Lionel Messi remains the world’s best player and deserves a big-money deal to represent that.
Last week, Barcelona interim president Carlos Tusquets made headlines by saying that the club should have cashed in on Messi because of the economic fallout caused by the pandemic of the coronavirus.
But Laporta, who is running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu in the January elections as Barca’s next president, has taken a different view and thinks Messi is worth every penny he’s paying.
However, Laporta admitted that it would take more than money to convince six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to sign a contract extension at Camp Nou, reiterating his previous remarks.
Knowing that Messi is not guided by capital, and that’s the case, I assure you, we have to make a proposal that will persuade him that Barca has a team that can win the Champions League.
In their last two games, Barca thrashed Dynamo Kiev 4-0 and Ferencvaros 3-0 without Messi involved, while Laporta’s fellow presidential candidate, Victor Font, insisted that the skill of the 33-year-old could not be doubted.
You must wonder how it is for Messi not to be at the club he loves the most. Some are losing faith in him but he doesn’t deserve that.
If I am appointed President, Messi will be renewed at the end of the season.
He deserves a margin of trust, not only because of his football-level wisdom but also because he is a great Barca,”He deserves a margin of confidence, not only because of his wisdom at football level but also because he is a great of Barca,” “Ronald gave us good memories as part of the Dream Team and gave us our first Champions League with his famous goal.
“The team is progressing, he and I can see, but nothing has been accomplished yet. When it comes to betting on younger players, I admire the courage and I see the players are inspired once again.