The former Barcelona president admitted that he is hoping that the Argentina international will be with Blaugrana by the time they celebrate their 125th anniversary.
Joan Laporta has revealed his “wish” for Lionel Messi to stay with Barcelona and insists his priority will revolve around keeping the Argentine legend should he be re-elected.
The Barcelona superstar’s contract is due to expire in six months and there are speculations surrounding his departure. Messi was eager to leave during the summer transfer window but had to change his mind when was threatened by the club officials and La Liga.
The Barcelona captain has started his career in Barca back in 2004 by Laporta, who is keen on maintaining Messi’s services when he’s elected again.
Improvements have started to be made in Camp Nou, with the project likely to be done by the time Barcelona celebrate their 125th anniversary in four years.
"I wish we could celebrate the 125th anniversary at the new Camp Nou and with Leo with us. The issue of the stadium is not easy because it takes two years to build it, “said Laporta.
"The issue of Leo is easier than the stadium. It would be very nice to get to this anniversary with Messi, it would be good final fireworks."
When asked why he is considered the one to convince Messi to stay at Barca, he added: “Because I tell the truth, I am the one with the most experience and determination, as well as the most credibility in his eyes. It fills me with pride that he tells me that everything I told him was fulfilled.
"This gives me a position and, if I am president of Barcelona, and that is one of the reasons, I will see what I can offer him within the possibilities of the club in terms of finances and in what interests Leo from a sporting perspective.
"He wants to win the Champions League again with Barca and we have to make him see that this will be possible."
"It is very important, on a priority level. Great players have passed through Barcelona, the best in their time, but Leo is special," he added.
"He is the best in the world and surely in history, which is why he is so valued. The issue is so important for Barca that we have to do whatever it takes to maintain harmony.
"If it doesn't happen, we will have to move on and sooner or later we will have to accept it. He still has a long journey in elite football but everyone's sporting career ends, while Barca continues.
"We are already signing up with new players who are asking for an increase, we must give confidence to the technical secretariat and the coach so that they can count on those already here."