Potential new Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists he will do “everything possible” to persuade Lionel Messi to stay at the club.
Laporta is one of the main candidates to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu in the upcoming elections on March 7, and he believes Messi must be offered a plan that will see Barca win the biggest prizes again, if he wants to sign. a new agreement. .
Barca were beaten 4-1 by Paris Saint-Germain, who along with Manchester City want to sign Messi this summer when he becomes a free agent, in the first leg of their Champions League first leg on Tuesday night – and Laporta reckons that for Messi, it is “not a question of money”.
“I will do my best to keep Messi,” he said Sky in Italy.
“Messi should be appreciated with the affection he deserved and with the proper financial package, but it’s not about the money. He needs a winning sports proposal, Leo wants to win with Barcelona again.
“I know him well, I have a good personal relationship with him. He’s not someone who is there for the money. He will need a competitive sporting offer because he is a winner.”
Messi has pledged to stay with Barca until the end of the season after a long battle with the board last summer, in which he officially asked to be released from his contract with one year of savings.
City and PSG remain for him the most credible contenders if he is to leave Barca at the end of the season, with a long-term goal of ending his career in Major League Soccer.
Along with Victor Fonte, Laporta is seen as one of the favorites to succeed Barca’s presidency next month.