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Joan Laporta: "If I don't win, I am sure that Leo will not stay"

Wed 03 March 2021 | 11:29

The presidential candidate believes that if he fails to be elected on Sunday, it is very likely that Messi will move to another club.

Barcelona

presidential candidate, Joan Laporta, insists that

Lionel Messi

’s stay is bound to his election on Sunday and if he fails to become Josep Maria Bartomeu’s successor, it is very likely that the Argentine will leave the

La Liga

side.

During Laporta's reigning period between 2003 and 2010, Barcelona witnessed four La Liga and two Champions League titles as well as the rise of Messi and Pep Guardiola’s appointment as their coach.

Since last summer, Messi has been linked with moves to

Paris Saint-Germain

and

Manchester City

, but Laporta insists that he is their last hope of convincing their all-times-top-scorer into staying at Camp Nou.

"I have a great relationship with Leo and he will consider whatever proposal I make,"

he said.

"If I don't win, I am sure that Leo will not stay at Barcelona. Messi will weigh up the offer we make him.”

“I'm convinced that if the other candidates win, Messi will not remain at Barcelona.”

"He wasn't happy during [rival candidate, Toni] Freixa's time on the board.”

“He's [Messi] not guided just by money. He wants a competitive team to win. 'm sure he'll listen to my offer, just as I am [sure] that if someone else wins he will leave."

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