Friday, 11 December 2020

Messi's passion and love for Barca is more than anything else - Victor Font

Messi's passion and love for Barca is more than anything else - Victor Font

Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font is convinced he can induce Lionel Messi to remain at the club if he wins the presidential seat later in January 2021.

Messi almost left Barcelona earlier this year when he handed in a transfer request following series of problems with the club's board. However, the Argentine later decided to stay but have also since been linked with a move to Serie A side Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking with ESPN, Font spoke on why Barcelona needs to keep Lionel Messi even with the possibility of the club going bankruptcy due to the situation of things and the pandemic.

"Messi, above all else, is a person that loves Barca and what he wants is to win," he said.

"Of course, the best player in the world and the best of all time has to be compensated competitively. But I think his priorities are competing and winning.

"[His salary] is one of the realities that has to be adjusted. The level of revenue in the short-term and for next season is up in the air. It depends on what happens with fans coming back to the stadium.

"Based on that, we will have to structure the wage bill appropriately. Once we are clear on that situation; we will know what the club can afford.

"Messi is a Barca fan and he loves Barca as we all do. He's been here for a lot of years since he was 13, and I am sure that regardless of what he wants to do [with his career] to keep winning, his passion and love for the club is more than anything else."

Font also spoke about the possibility of bringing former player Xavi who currently the coach of Qatar club Al-Sadd back to Barcelona and have him work with Messi.

"[Xavi] is one of the most important parts of the sporting project we have designed," he added.

"The fact Messi and Xavi know each other [is good]. Xavi is someone Messi trusts. I know Messi would welcome the leadership Xavi can bring.

"But it's about the whole project, not just one person. What's important in the Messi case, to excite supporters again and, above all, to emerge from the complicated situation the club is in at all levels, is the whole project. It's not one name or a coach, it's the whole structure."

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