Barça has a new president and despite the elimination in the last 16 of the Champions League against PSG, the Catalan club is doing against all odds. Ronald Koeman’s players are coming back strong in La Liga and are now only four points behind the leader, Atletico Madrid, and also have a King’s Cup final to play against Athletic Bilbao. The fans, also worried about the future of Lionel Messi, whose contract expires at the end of the season and who has been rumored to be leaving, have also regained hope on this sensitive issue since the election of the new president, Joan Laporta.
Laporta continues to push for Messi
During his official induction, the former president of Barça, who has just returned to office, made a new appeal to Lionel Messi. “I want to try to convince Leo to stay. I will do everything I can to do so, and he knows it,” began Joan Laporta. “Whatever he decides, we will respect his choice, but we will try to keep him. He is the best player in history. Leo, I’m sorry to talk about it here in public, but you know that I have a lot of respect for you and that Barça loves you. If this stadium was full during the games right now, I’m sure you wouldn’t be able to leave. The pandemic has hurt us in many areas,” said the new president, addressing the Argentine directly.
A contract for life at Barça in the pipeline?
For his part, Lionel Messi was moved by the tributes paid after the record of 767 games played in the colors of Barça. “So many memories, so many friends, so many years… Thank you very much for the messages, it was quite a surprise to see them. I send a big kiss to all of you,” replied the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to a video featuring many former Barcelona players. And to add the financial component to the emotional chord, Joan Laporta would be in the process of offering a contract for life to Lionel Messi, according to El Confidencial. This contract would include a 30% salary cut, a way to set an example for the rest of the squad in this economically very complicated period for Barça, while ensuring the presence of Messi for an indefinite period. At Barça since he was 13 years old, Lionel Messi could be convinced by such a proposal, putting an end to PSG‘s dreams.