Top Ad
I DIG Radio
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Barca prez candidate: Messi leaves if I don't win

Written by 
Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 03 March 2021 04:34

Joan Laporta has said Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona this summer if anyone other than him is elected as the club's new president on Sunday.

Messi, 33, could walk away for nothing in June when his contract expires. He has not yet decided on his future beyond the end of the season, though, and will listen to the incoming president's proposal.

- Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
- Bartomeu spends night in jail, provisionally free

However, Laporta, who was previously the president at Camp Nou between 2003 and 2010, warned Barca risk losing their star player if Victor Font or Toni Freixa, the other two candidates for the presidency, are voted in this weekend.

"I am sure that if someone else wins the election [other than me], Messi won't stay at the club," Laporta said in the latest debate between the three candidates. "I have a good relationship with him, there's a lot of respect.

"We'll make him an offer based on the club's situation. Maybe we can't compete financially, but Messi is not ruled by money. He wants to end his career at the highest level possible."

Laporta was the president when Messi first broke into the Barca team and he told ESPN earlier this year that his personal relationship with the forward gives him the edge over Font and Freixa.

His latest comments go one step further than that, although both Font and Freixa also remain optimistic they can convince Messi to sign a new deal despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.

"Messi has to continue at the club whatever," Font responded. "Messi is three-dimensional. For our sporting project, which will be led by Xavi [Hernandez], he's part of the solution financially. We will offer him a contract for life."

Freixa said Messi would also stay at the club if he's elected, prompting Laporta to interrupt and say that Messi "wasn't very satisfied" with Freixa's role as a director under the previous board.

"My relationship with the Messi family has always been excellent," Freixa replied.

The other big talking point was the role Xavi will have at the club. Font has said he will return under him as general manager before, in the future, replacing Ronald Koeman as the first-team coach.

Laporta pointed out that Xavi hasn't publicly supported Font's campaign and accused Font of "putting pressure" on the former midfielder, who is the coach of Al-Sadd in Qatar.

Freixa said Xavi sees himself "in the dugout, not in a general manager role" and in an interview with Catalunya Radio later said Xavi would be Barca B coach under him.

"The same as [Pep] Guardiola was the B team coach before being brilliant with the first team, Barca B is a good path for Xavi to start on at Barca," Freixa remarked.

Read 52 times


Luis Enrique needs to shake his stubbornness

Luis Enrique needs to shake his stubbornness

Everybody who's been to a gym will be perfectly aware of the phrase: "The definition of insanity is...

Dike on fire as Orlando hits five past San Jose

Dike on fire as Orlando hits five past San Jose

Daryl Dike scored a pair of goals in his first start of the season and Orlando City cruised to a 5-0...

England will need to score more if they're to win Euro 2020

England will need to score more if they're to win Euro 2020

LONDON -- Gareth Southgate found a way for England to win Group D at Euro 2020. Now he needs to mast...


Suns share in glory of Ayton's winning alley-oop

Suns share in glory of Ayton's winning alley-oop

PHOENIX -- Deandre Ayton couldn't stop smiling after the Phoenix Suns' 104-103 win on Tuesday gave t...

Why Deandre Ayton was the right No. 1 pick for the Suns

Why Deandre Ayton was the right No. 1 pick for the Suns

With the play drawn up and ready to go, right before they broke their huddle, Monty Williams' last m...


Scherzer miffed as umpires inspect him 3 times

Scherzer miffed as umpires inspect him 3 times

Two days into Major League Baseball's revamped enforcement of sticky stuff, a couple of things are c...

Muncy comes off IL to start; Bellinger back Wed.

Muncy comes off IL to start; Bellinger back Wed.

SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers activated first baseman Max Muncy off the injured list on Tuesd...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

Sponsored Links

I DIG® Newspapers
I Dig® Newspapers, stay up to date with the latest news from around the world.
I DIG® Casino
I Dig® Casino, explore our online casino games, play a wide range of free slots and casino games at our online casino today.
I DIG® Radio
I Dig® Radio HD is the only place in the internet where you can find free, super high bit rate internet radio stations from around the world. On I Dig® Radio HD you can find free radio stations streaming at 256kbps.

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.


Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.