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Laporta sheds light on Messi's future at Barca

Barcelona presidential candidate sheds light on Messi's future prior to Sunday's elections

March 3, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
The former president did not hold back when speaking about the Argentine's future beyond the end of the season.

Barcelona's presidential elections are just around the corner, and the race to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu has been surrounded by controversy when it comes to Lionel Messi's future.

A debate on Tuesday evening between Joan Laporta, Victor Font, and Toni Freixa saw Laporta taking a step forward when discussing Messi's future beyond the season, urging Barcelona's associates to vote for him to keep "La Pulga" around.

"I am convinced that, if any of the other candidates win the election, Messi will not continue playing for Barcelona. If I win, he will stay here," Laporta confidently stated.

According to Laporta, his project will be built around Messi's figure, so the player and his entourage are satisfied with their chances of winning titles.

"He is not only thinking about money. He wants a competitive team around to win. I am convinced that he will listen to my proposal, and I am also convinced that if any of the other candidates win, he will end up leaving the club. I have a great relationship with Leo, and I know he will consider my proposal," Laporta added.

The process to elect a new president will take place on March 7, and Los Culés will be eager to know the direction the team will take under its new leader. Ultimately, the man that ends up being chosen could have very much to do with Messi's future away or in the club for years to come.

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