Barca presidential candidate Font: I can persuade Messi to remain
Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font believes he can persuade disgruntled famous person Lionel Messi to stay at Camp Nou past this season.
Messi’s future stays an necessary matter at embattled LaLiga giants Barca after he handed in a switch request following a tumultuous 2019-20 marketing campaign.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner was tipped to affix Premier League powerhouse Manchester Metropolis earlier than opting to stay in Spain, although he has since been linked to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and Inter.
Font, who’s within the operating for the presidential election which takes place on January 24 following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s resignation in October, talked up the significance of re-signing Messi.
“I’m satisfied that with a aggressive, thrilling and, particularly in Messi’s case, long-term venture – one that would even transcend the day that Messi retires – we’ll persuade him to remain,” Font informed ESPN.
“Messi is one of the best participant within the historical past of the primary sport on the planet. Think about what which means.
“For that motive, the Messi-Barca affiliation is a strategic one and we should do every little thing doable to ensure the affiliation lives on.
“Maintaining in thoughts he can communicate with different golf equipment in January, phoning Messi [if I win the election] have to be one of many priorities.”
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Barca onerous financially, Font added: “Messi, above all else, is an individual that loves Barca and what he needs is to win.
“In fact, one of the best participant on the planet and one of the best of all time needs to be compensated competitively. However I feel his priorities are competing and successful.
“[His salary] is without doubt one of the realities that needs to be adjusted. The extent of income within the short-term and for subsequent season is up within the air. It is dependent upon what occurs with followers coming again to the stadium.
“Based mostly on that, we must construction the wage invoice appropriately. As soon as we’re clear on that scenario; we’ll know what the membership can afford.
“Messi is a Barca fan and he loves Barca as all of us do. He’s been right here for lots of years, since he was 13, and I’m positive that no matter what he needs to do [with his career] to maintain successful, his ardour and love for the membership is greater than anything.”
Messi has scored 4 LaLiga objectives in 10 appearances this time period, whereas the 33-year-old has managed seven throughout all competitions.
Barca have endured a forgettable begin to the season below new head coach Ronald Koeman, who has overseen back-to-back defeats.
Messi’s Barca are ninth in LaLiga and 12 factors adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid forward of Sunday’s conflict with Levante – the Catalan giants have misplaced 4 of their 10 opening league video games, their worst return at this stage of a season since 2000-01.
Barca’s all-time main scorer Messi has been concerned in not less than one aim in every of his previous 9 LaLiga video games in opposition to Levante (12 objectives and 10 assists).
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