The newly elected Barcelona President, Joan Laporta will try to convince Lionel Messi to stay at the club. Laporta said that that it was pleasing to see Messi vote in the election and it shows his love for the club. Laporta has known Messi for decades as he served as the Barcelona President between 2003-20010.
“Seeing Lionel Messi coming to vote today, seeing him taking part, that is very telling,” Laporta said in a press conference. “Twenty years ago [he] made his debut with Barca’s youth team. Seeing the best player in the world come out to vote today is a clear sign of what we keep saying. Leo loves Barca. “The best player in the world loves Barca and I hope that is a sign that he will stay at Barcelona, which is what we all want.”
Laporta won a resounding 54.28% of votes while Victor Font, came second with 29.99 percent votes. Toni Freixa could only manage 8.58% vote share. Laporta takes over the responsibilities from Josep Maria Bartomeun, who resigned from his post to avoid facing a no confident vote from the other members who blamed him for Messi’s decision to leave the club. Laporta further revealed that Messi congratulated him on his win and that Messi wants to stay at the club. He said that the decision on Messi’s future will be taken soon
“I am convinced that he wants to stay. And, yes, he has already congratulated me for winning the election. “He also won yesterday. We will soon have a quiet talk and decide his future.”