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Joan Laporta, one of the top contenders for the next Barcelona president, says the club have “repeatedly lied” to Lionel Messi over the years but still believe he can convince the Argentine to stay at Camp Nou

Laporta was previously President of Barcelona between 2003 and 2010 and is running for office on March 24th January for re-election if the club appoints a successor to Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stepped down in October

Who wins next month’s election will likely depend heavily on who is most likely to convince Messi to stay at the club after deciding to file a transfer proposal this summer

Although the 33-year-old ultimately stayed in office for the current season, his contract will expire next summer, so he can speak to other clubs from the beginning of January

While Messi could leave, Laporta doesn’t think he wants to and will only leave if not treated properly

“It will depend on the proposal the new president makes to him that he has to see that there is a competitive team that can relive the love story Barca had with the Champions League, but which has been in recent years was put on hold

“[The club] has lied to him repeatedly, and besides, things have not gone the way everyone wanted. He has come to a point in his career where he still wants to be successful and win titles”

“He can’t accept other teams to win the Champions League and Barca, with Lionel, the best player in the game’s history, don’t have a team competitive enough to win”

“I don’t see Messi in a non-Barca shirt The story between him and the club is so beautiful that the new president has to make sure it goes on. I don’t see him play for another club I see him in the Barca shirt “

Laporta added that he believes he has an advantage over the other presidential candidates when it comes to convincing Messi to stay

“Aside from reversing the club’s financial position, the priority is to come up with a proposal to Lionel that will convince him to stay I hope I arrive on time And I have an advantage: Messi’s trust

“He knows that my offer will be real and that I will fulfill it. I think that will help a lot and is an advantage over the other candidates”

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World news – CA – Lionel Messi has been lied to “repeatedly” by Barcelona but will not leave Spain if he gets the right offer, the favorite to be says the next president of the club