Lionel Messi could benefit more if he quit Barcelona, says Joan Laporta, the presidential nominee who is determined to keep the Argentinian. Lionel Messi could benefit more if he quit Barcelona, says Joan Laporta, the presidential nominee who is determined to keep the Argentinian.
Joan Laporta, the presidential candidate, has announced that Barcelona would not attempt to match the offers that Lionel Messi has obtained from rival clubs.
Laporta previously served as president from 2003 to 2010, supervising the early years of Messi’s career at Camp Nou, and is now seeking an additional term at the helm.
Other clubs may have more money to attract Messi, Laporta says, but they do not have the link with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner that would make it so difficult to manage a split.
“We will use all our skills to keep Messi with us,” Laporta told Radio MARCA.
“Not only is Leo based on money, it’s going to be a good economic proposal, but we’re not going to get what other clubs can do. I have a very nice friendship with Leo. He wants Barcelona. I’m sure he is looking forward to the new president’s proposal. It will be largely focused on a strong squad that can win the Champions League. I can achieve it if I make this proposal; I am grateful to have the reputation of Leo. Now is not the time to talk about Messi, and for that, I have to be president.”