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Laporta’s first job is to tie Messi down amid Barcelona’s financial crisis

Joan Laporta’s first job as Barcelona president is to maintain their financial crisis at bay so Lionel Messi can get his bumper new deal… with younger expertise shining and his relationship with Ronald Koeman blossoming, the celebrity appears probably to keep

  • Joan Laporta’s election as Barcelona president is a lift for Lionel Messi’s future
  • The Argentine voted for the first time in his Barcelona career on Sunday
  • Laporta wants to renegotiate their debt so Messi can get his bumper new deal
  • With a bunch of younger gamers coming by means of, Messi appears probably to keep put
  • Laporta shall be in Paris to watch as Barca strive to overcome a 4-1 first-leg defeat  



It was the worst stored secret of the Barcelona election that Lionel Messi needed Joan Laporta to win.

The new president stopped in need of asking Messi to publicly again him however Messi voting in membership elections for the first time in his Barca career was vital sufficient and as soon as Laporta was confirmed because the winner there was an trade of messages.

‘Messi congratulated me,’ stated Laporta. ‘We can have a relaxed chat very quickly and we are going to determine his future and the membership’s.’

Joan Laporta celebrates after being elected Barcelona’s new president on Sunday night

Lionel Messi voting in club elections for the first time in his Barca career was a huge statement

Lionel Messi voting in membership elections for the first time in his Barca career was an enormous assertion

The Barcelona captain’s father Jorge ‘preferred’ on Instagram the information of the profitable election of Laporta and he would be the man who sits down with the brand new president to negotiate the brand new deal.

Laporta and his right-hand man Rafa Yuste made the membership’s coaching floor their first port of name on Monday morning the place they spoke to Messi and the remainder of the gamers.

The 58-year-old lawyer’s landslide victory doesn’t make Messi staying inevitable and he may nonetheless wait till the tip of the season to announce a call however the feeling that he’ll keep is now the overwhelming one, shared by nearly all supporters and membership workers.

Messi had already been manoeuvred again right into a position the place him staying made extra sense than him leaving. A growing relationship with Ronald Koeman and the emergence of younger gamers Messi feels will give Barcelona an opportunity to compete within the subsequent two seasons regardless of having no money to spend on new signings, have each been key elements.

Messi wanted to go last summer but now his relationship with Ronald Koeman is growing

Messi needed to go final summer season however now his relationship with Ronald Koeman is rising

Now with Koeman accountable for the group, Laporta again accountable for the membership as he was from 2003 to 2010 when Messi first broke by means of and loved his most profitable seasons the 33-year-old desires to keep.

With 18-year-olds Pedri, Ansu Fati and Ilaix Moriba having already damaged by means of final season and this, a brand new younger group is being constructed and Messi sees himself because the chief of that younger facet.

Laporta is aware of he nonetheless wants to make a suitable provide. And to make that provide he wants to ease Barcelona’s most urgent financial issues. The new president dubbed the earlier regime the three billion board as a result of they’d managed to enhance revenue to €1billion (£860m), but additionally managed to enable each spending and debt to additionally rise to €1bn.

Barcelona have a €1.2bn (£1bn) gross debt and €266m (£222m) of that is payable to numerous financial establishments by June 30. Laporta will want to sit down with collectors to renegotiate repayments.

There are also plenty of young players emerging, including the exciting Ilaix Moriba (right)

There are additionally loads of younger gamers rising, together with the thrilling Ilaix Moriba (proper)

Messi is not going to be paid the £122m assured gross a season he was paid within the contract he signed in 2017. But he’ll preserve prime earner standing on the membership.

Barcelona may provide him an extended contract in order that he finally ends up incomes extra however over an extended time frame.

There may be a gesture of goodwill from the participant. He is due a bonus of round €39m (£33m) for reaching the tip of his contract this summer season. That might be waived as a part of signing a brand new deal.

Diario Sport’s entrance web page, the day after El Mundo launched full particulars of Messi’s contract, stated Messi had been accountable for €237m (£203m) of income within the final three years.

The precise numbers could possibly be contested however the significance of Messi to Barcelona as they struggle to stay soccer’s main international model is past dialogue. He stays value much more to the membership as its captain than he does when it comes to ‘saved wages’ if he left.

Laporta has already started to create the group round him. Mateu Alemany, the previous Director General of Valencia and president of Mallorca, can have an analogous function within the new regime and Jordi Cruyff is probably to are available in as technical secretary alongside him.

Laporta wants to build a competitive team that can help Messi challenge for honours (pictured together in 2010)

Laporta desires to build a aggressive group that may assist Messi problem for honours (pictured collectively in 2010)

Laporta splashed out €70,000 (£60,000) on that vast banner subsequent to the Santiago Bernabeu along with his face and identify on it after he introduced he was standing. Now he is aware of a sure thrift is known as for. But neither can Barcelona enable their property to drain from the membership.

During Sunday evening’s celebration he was reminded by stand-in president Carles Tusquets that he had to go to Paris this week for the second leg the Champions League last-16 tie that Barca path 4-1 in .

‘Can all of us go?’ was his first response earlier than being reminded of the pandemic’s restrictions and the necessity for him to decide only one director to accompany him.

‘We’re off to Paris, let’s examine if we will stage a comeback,’ he shouted to his celebrating group.

There is a sure euphoria across the membership proper now. Once it fades – and defeat to PSG could effectively velocity its fading – there is loads of work to be achieved.

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