According to presidential candidate Joan Laporta, Lionel Messi is not motivated by money as he sees the title in the uncertain future of Barcelona.
Messi has a close relationship with Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League giant Manchester City, and the deal ends at the end of the season.
The record six Ballon d’Or winners chose to stay after trying to leave Camp Nou at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
One of the remaining candidates to run for president amid doubts about Messi after Barcelona lost 4-1 to PSG in the last 16 Thai first legs of Tuesday’s blockbuster. Laporta wants to keep 33-years old.
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“It’s very important to give him love,” Laporta told Sky Sports Italy. “The love story between Messi and Barcelona is one of the most beautiful stories in football.
“He must be loved. He deserves it. And he must be valued with an economic offer that makes him value, but he is not guided by money.
“I know him, I have a good relationship with him and have a lot of respect.
“He’s a winner. He wants to win again in Barcelona. I’ll do everything I can to keep him. Our competitors are state clubs and They are making an offer.
“We need to make it clear that money is not a guarantee of the title. Leo is more about winning the title than making money.”
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Laporta added: “He makes far more money than he costs. Messi’s expenses make up 8% of the club’s total income, and Messi makes about 30% of his income.
“Messi is very beneficial to Barcelona, but most importantly the emotional return he gives us.
“When you ask a young boy or girl about your favorite player, it’s valuable to be called Messi right away.”
Messi’s first goal against PSG was Barcelona’s 20th goal of the season at all competitions. This is the 13th consecutive campaign in which he scored more than 20 goals in the club.
Barca’s captain has scored points in the Champions League in each calendar year since 2005. This run, which has achieved at least one goal for 17 consecutive years, is the longest run in the history of the tournament, along with Raul (1995-2011).
Messi wants love and silverware instead of money in Barca’s suspicion, Laporta argues
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