Laporta says his Barcelona wouldn’t match rival contract gives to Messi
Barcelona wouldn’t try and match the gives that Lionel Messi could obtain from rival golf equipment, presidential candidate Joan Laporta has declared.
Laporta was beforehand president from 2003 to 2010, overseeing the early years of Messi’s profession at Camp Nou, and is now looking for an additional time period on the helm.
The Catalan giants had been plunged right into a monetary disaster by the coronavirus pandemic and it has meant pay ranges have been carefully examined, re-thought and restructured.
Messi is the membership’s prime earner, however as he approaches the tip of his contract, which expires in 2021, there are doubts over whether or not he’ll renew.
The membership’s all-time report scorer wished to depart earlier than the 2020-21 season and will once more inform Barcelona he intends to depart, though Laporta dearly needs the Argentine ahead to remain.
Laporta says different golf equipment could have more cash to tempt Messi, however they don’t have the kinship with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner that will make a break up so troublesome to bear.
“We’ll use all our expertise to maintain Messi with us,” Laporta instructed Radio MARCA.
“Leo will not be solely centered about cash. Will probably be a great financial proposal, however we is not going to attain what different golf equipment can provide.
“I’ve an excellent relationship with Leo. He needs Barcelona. I’m satisfied that he’s wanting ahead to a proposal from the brand new president.
“It will be based mostly primarily on a aggressive squad that may win the Champions League. If I make this proposal, I’ll fulfil it; I’m fortunate to have Leo’s credibility.
“Now will not be the time to speak about Messi, and for that I’ve to be president.”
— Joan Laporta Estruch (@JoanLaportaFCB) December 15, 2020
Inevitably, nonetheless, it’s Messi’s future which is dominating the elections, due to the clamour amongst supporters for him to re-sign. He has been linked with a bunch of groups, most not too long ago Paris Saint-Germain.
In January, Messi will probably be free to barter with different golf equipment. For the elections to fall in the identical month is a savage twist, and means every candidate will probably be anticipated to haven’t solely a stance on Messi’s future, however a stance that appeals to membership members and to Messi himself.
It’s removed from the one matter for every candidate to handle, but it’s an unavoidably seismic matter.
As Laporta instructed the radio station, Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer from Actual Madrid to Juventus was totally different as a result of he had already performed at Sporting CP and Manchester United, however Messi is a one-club participant.
“Leo’s case is singular. He could be one of many few gamers like Pele who has solely performed for one staff,” Laporta stated, setting apart Santos legend Pele’s time on the New York Cosmos.
Laporta’s marketing campaign took a theatrical activate Tuesday when he unveiled a large poster of himself subsequent to Actual Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu dwelling.
The poster options a picture of Laporta and bears the caption: “Wanting ahead to seeing you once more.”
It was a artistic stunt that drew the worldwide consideration Laporta craved, and he defined it by saying: “Madrid is an electoral zone and we needed to come. It was a pleasant transfer, from the standpoint of excellent religion. It has some extent of irony, it’s good.”
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