Though Messi and Barcelona’s relationship has hit the rock bottom, Camp Nou presidential nominee still hopes to honor the player by renaming the stadium after the player.
Barcelona presidential nominee, Emili Rousaud, wishes to rename the team’s stadium, Camp Nou, after their Argentinian superstar, Lionel Messi. Barca, who will go through their presidential elections on January following the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, are hoping to name their stadium after their number 10 despite the uncertainty revolving around his future with the Catalonian club.
"We will hold a referendum to change the name of the stadium to Camp Nou - Leo Messi," Rousaud told the reporters.
The presidential candidate also revealed his plan to bring new players to the squad including Neymar.
"We're going to sign two top players, one of them is Neymar," he said. "We are working to bring him back to Barcelona if he withdraws the lawsuit he has against the club.”
"We hope to be able to announce soon the name of the other big-name player we want to bring. It will not leave anyone indifferent. We have a direct line to the player."
As for his future staff he added: "If we win, we want to count on Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta and [Carles] Puyol and give them a strong link with the club, the team and La Masia. I do this out of enthusiasm, commitment and experience. I want to rebuild the team, the club and the economy. I will leave my skin to make Barca, once again, the best team in the world.”
"I have known the house for five years and have business experience."
Later he talked about Koeman’s future with the team saying: "We respect Koeman a lot, but if he doesn't continue, we have closed one who is active and is training one of the best teams in Europe. We have the best technical director in place, but we cannot announce him yet because he is active [at another club]."