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'We should have clear plans for post-Messi era'

Fri 01 January 2021 | 15:21

The Barça presidential candidate believes that the club should be thinking about the post-Messi era.

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font believes the club should have a clear plan for the post-Messi era.

After years at

Barcelona

, ​​Messi announced last summer that he intended to leave the club. The Argentine star, who holds the record for most goals scored for Barcelona and most goals in La Liga, has finally stayed at Barça until the end of the current season after negotiations but is now free to negotiate with other clubs. It seems that his intention to leave Barça is serious. Font now claims that the club must have a specific plan for the post-Messi era.

He told AS:

"Maintain the ownership model and keep winning titles.

"That is, to be competitive by having the club owned by the members when this winning generation no longer exists."

But when asked if Barca should start a new era without Messi immediately, Font replied:

"Not at all. In fact, our goal is for Leo to continue to be and continue to lead the team on the field as long as he wants to continue playing," Font added. 

"When we were talking about Barca post-Messi, surely the best way to define it is Barca post-unique generation of footballers. And that does not happen from one day to the next. 

"There were Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets... and this transition is not from one day to the next, it happens in time. 

"That is why it is essential to have a project and be clear about how to do it. This is what Messi told us in August, there is no project here, they are lurching, patches are put on. That was his frustration."

"Not at all. In fact, our goal is for Leo to continue to be and continue to lead the team on the field as long as he wants to continue playing," Font added. 

"When we were talking about Barca post-Messi, surely the best way to define it is Barca post-unique generation of footballers. And that does not happen from one day to the next. 

"There were Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets... and this transition is not from one day to the next, it happens in time. 

"That is why it is essential to have a project and be clear about how to do it. This is what Messi told us in August, there is no project here, they are lurching, patches are put on. That was his frustration."

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