Barcelona elections: Joan Laporta makes Lionel Messi vow after votes are submitted

Lionel Messi speaks to reporters at Barcelona Airport

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Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has claimed he will call Lionel Messi’s father right away if he wins the elections on Sunday. It’s a crucial time for the club as they plan for the future. And their 2-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday has helped lift some of the doom and gloom mood around the club.

Barcelona are looking to hire a new president following Josep Maria Bartomeu’s exit.

Laporta is one name in the frame, while Victor Font and Toni Freixa are also the final candidates to take over at the Nou Camp.

And Laporta has now claimed that, if he wins, he’ll get on the phone to Messi’s father, Jorge, straight away.

A Cadena Cope journalist asked him whether that would be his priority.

And he responded by saying: “Why tomorrow? I can talk tonight, the night is long.”

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Laporta also added: “The sensations are good. I have gone out to vote and the sun has risen.

“I hope it will be a great democratic day. It is a pity that we cannot live the day close to Barcelona fans because of the coronavirus.

“We have the best project to face the most important challenge of our lives.

“We want Barça to be sustainable again and that it never ceases to be the property of its partners. We have done a great campaign.”

Messi grew unhappy at Barcelona during Bartomeu’s spell in charge, revealing as much in an interview with ESPN back in December.


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“I had been telling [Bartomeu] for six months that I wanted to leave and asking for his help and he just said ‘no, no, no,” Messi said.

“So, I sent the burofax as a last resort to show I was serious, to make it official.

“I’m eternally grateful to the club for everything but it felt like a cycle had ended and I needed a change.

“I knew this would be a transition year and I want to fight for the Champions League and league titles.

“The president didn’t want to let me go and then he started to leak things to make me look like the bad guy.

“Then everything that happened happened, but I am still calm that I did what was right at that moment.”

Messi also accused Bartomeu of lying to him regularly, adding: “He [lied] about many things.

“Honestly, so many, but I prefer not to go into private things that happened — but I can assure you it was many things over several years.”

Furthermore, the Argentina international also claimed that he wouldn’t make a decision on his future until the end of the campaign.

Laporta has regularly stated he, and he alone, can ensure Messi sees out the remainder of his days playing in their famous red and blue colours.

Manchester City want to sign Messi, with Pep Guardiola dreaming of a sensational reunion at the Etihad Stadium.

But Ligue 1 titans Paris Saint-Germain are in the mix as well, hoping to add Messi to their star-studded attack alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Messi, though, is in no rush.

“No [I won’t talk with other clubs because] I don’t have anything clear until the end of the year,” he said.

“I am going to wait for the season to finish. The important thing is to think about the team and to try and win titles, not to get distracted with other issues.

“I don’t know what will happen. I am focused on what we have in front of us over the next six months.

“It would not be right to tell you what I am going to do after that because even I don’t know.”

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