The new president arrived at a crucial time for Barcelona, with the club legend’s future raising many questions.
’s new president, requested
directly to stay put when he celebrated his presidency.
After becoming the Blaugrana president, Laporta was sworn into office on wednesday, over a decade following his leave.
Laporta and the Argentina international were seen hugging before the 58-year-old gave his speech. He addressed the six-time Ballon d’Or winner specifically.
In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability,"
"It is Barcelona's unity which gives you stability and I invite everyone at Barcelona to think about what they can do for Barca.
"I am here to make decisions, like convincing Leo to carry on, taking advantage of the fact that he is here. He knows that.
"You know the affection I hold for you and we will do whatever it takes to keep you here. You know you cannot leave, Leo.
"We will not be able to do it alone. As our anthem says, we are strong all together. More so in these most difficult times. We know how to do it.
"When the pandemic is over our revenue will return. That will be fixed. There will be strong leadership, because I am well-accompanied. We will make decisions. To defend the club you have to live and breathe it and we do that as much as possible."
Securing a stay for the 33-year-old in Camp Nou was the main promise of all the candidates. Laporta, who had close contact with the Argentine, emphasized that he will keep Messi when speculations were raising regarding his departure.
The possible destinations for the Barca captain areManchester City
, as they are able to meet his astronomical wages.
According to recent rumors, he may stay put, while Manchester City are trying to use
, Messi’s fellow countryman, to convince him to join him at Etihad Stadium.