Following Barcelona's presidential election on Sunday, Joan Laporte again focused on her top campaign priority – persuading Lionel Messi to stay at the Catalan club.
He claimed that it was a “very telling” moment to see Messi in the election as it confirmed his enduring love for his boyhood side.
LaPorta's relationship with Messi is decades old, as he was president before 2003–10. He has used his relationship with Argentina to portray himself as a full-fledged figure for the presidency. Dangerous moment for Barcelona.
What has LaPorta said about Messi?
“Seeing Lionel Messi come to vote today, attending him, he's telling a lot,” Laporta said at a press conference.
“twenty years ago [he] Made his debut with Bark's youth team. Watching the world's best player go out to vote is a clear indication of what we say today. Singh is in love with Barsa.
“The best player in the world loves Barça and I hope this is a sign that he will stay in Barcelona, which is what we all want.”
Messi's contract status
His contract is in the summer of this year, in which case there is very little time left for LaPorta to commit the Raiders to Barcelona again.
Messi's expiring deal price signed in 2017 Reported € 555 million (£ 491m / 674m).