The President of New Barcelona Joan Laporta spoke to Lionel Messi directly to sit at Camp Nou as he was celebrating its opening at the helm of Blaugrana.
On Wednesday, after the victory of the landslide club elections, Laporta was sworn into office 11 years after his first left the post in 2010.
And Argentina was unsurprisingly influential in his opening address to representatives at a time when his future in Barcelona was not clear.
WHAT’S BEEN TOLD?
Before the current president’s address, Laporta and Messi were both part of the golden ages in the first decade of the 21st century.
The sixtime Ballon d’Or winner who insisted the predecessor Josep Bartomeu abandon him last summer was also a significant part of the speech.
“WE HAD THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF BARCA IN OUR FIRST SPELL, BUT THAT WAS BECAUSE WE WERE STABLE, IF WE SUCCEEDED,”
“The solidarity of Barcelona offers you peace and I urge everyone in Barcelona to focus on what they can do with Barca.
“You know how affectionate I am and we are going to do whatever we can to keep you here. You remember why you can’t go, Leo.
“We can’t do it by ourselves. We are all powerful together, as our anthem says. More so in these worst moments. We know how. We know how to do it.
“WHEN THE PANDEMIC IS OVER OUR REVENUE WILL RETURN. THAT WILL BE FIXED. THERE WILL BE STRONG LEADERSHIP BECAUSE I AM WELL-ACCOMPANIED. WE WILL MAKE DECISIONS. TO DEFEND THE CLUB YOU HAVE TO LIVE AND BREATHE IT AND WE DO THAT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.”
WILL MESSI STAY OR NOT:
Messi’s stability was strongly promised in the campaign of almost all the major successful candidates Bartomeu who stood down in the midst of furious criticism of his government, especially of his handling of Messi by the end of 2020.
Due to his previous connection to Argentina, though, Laporta emphasized that he should abandon the club when he was thirteen.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are considered the leading signing runners in Messi, numbers that can equal its astronomical salaries among the few sides.
However, the latest talk implies that he could remain with others, including former Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta, given that the chances for the city star and Messi’s close friend Sergio Aguero were crucial to his final decision.