Anything to be president again. Joan Laporta has assured Barcelona fans that Messi will be more comfortable at the Camp Nou if he’s made president.
During Laporta’s tenure as president, between 2003 and 2010, Messi came into prominence and made it to the international stage. Laporta is hoping to be president again come July 18.
Luis Enrique and Messi had quite a fallout last season, that saw Messi being linked with a move away from the club. But Messi turned that around and fired his side to a famous treble.
Laporta has always maintained that Messi’s happiness will reflect on the performance of the team and will make that a priority.
“Last season there was talk of selling Leo, but with me in charge he will feel far more comfortable,” Laporta said on a debate on TV3.
The Catalan politician then criticised his opponent Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is looking to be re-elected after leading the club from January 2014 until the board was dissolved ahead of the election.
“Bartomeu and his successor Sandro Rosell are the type of people who impede the country from moving forward,” Laporta said, before urging the other two candidates Toni Freixa and Agusti Benedito to withdraw from the race and pledge their support to himself or Bartomeu.
“The polls show that the intention to vote for Benedito and Freixa is low. It’s impossible for them to win. If I was them I’d channel support to either the Bartomeu/Rosell campaign or my own.”