Joan Laporta responds to Neymar’s comments about Lionel Messi

Neymar‘s declaration last night, where he said that he wants to play with Lionel Messi again next season more than anything, has caused an earthquake at Barcelona according to Diario AS.

Joan Laporta, a candidate to become the club’s new president, said to Catalunya Radio that while he has spoken with Messi they haven’t discussed a possible renewal.

“I have not spoken with him about the renewal,” he said. “I need to have the authority as elected president to be able to do it. Could we renew his deal with the current figures? Sure, there are imaginative solutions that can enable Messi to remain at the club.

“Messi is a priority. All the clubs love him and he makes any club a candidate to win everything, he makes that difference. He’s also highly important on an economic level. Messi loves Barcelona and will help the club if the project is right.”

Neymar has spent the majority of his professional career in Spain with Barcelona, where he formed part of the lethal MSN strike force alongside Messi and Luis Suarez.

He joined the Catalans in 2013 from Santos and won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys, one Spanish Super Cup, one Club World Cup and one Champions League at Camp Nou before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a record €200m deal in 2017.

Messi, despite evidently slowing down as he begins to enter his mid-30s, registered 31 goals and 27 assists last season, from 44 appearances. The season before he scored 51 goals and contributed 20 assists from 50 games.

Laporta previously served as club president between 2003 and 2010, overseeing the construction of one of the greatest club teams in football history alongside Pep Guardiola.

Laporta and his team have positioned themselves as a group of Barcelonistes who understand the feeling of the club better than most, and that they will endeavour to return the club to its fundamental value of prioritising social and human values as well as economic and sporting ambitions.

They also intend on placing renewed emphasis on La Masia and Barcelona’s responsibility of projecting Catalonia to the world, as well as increasing economic responsibility and sporting ambition according to his campaign website.

Featured image courtesy of Eurosport.

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9 Comments

  1. my friends celled (muwasa njr) From nigeria says:

    Bercelona is my best team in the wlord,love you neymar jr my best player

  2. Florence David says:

    I want Leo Messi to Join PSG; he has friends who show how they love and care For him. Koeman, saying he’s resting Messi to me that’s stupid; you’re trying to kill his game and using resting as a medium to achieve your evil desire even if you’re trying to relax a player, not when he’s returning to his old self. My advice to Leo Messi, believe in yourself again as far you’re still putting on Barcelona, and don’t allow media or anyone to pull you down. Use their negative attitude towards you as a challenge to work harder and always be at the top. I’m your fans; I love your charity and your humility.

  3. Ishmael Da'Silva Ali Sherif says:

    BARCELONA PLEASE TRY TO BRING BACK MY PLAYER “NEYMAR JR”

    1. Mucho Morales says:

      Barcelona does not need your player Sherif. It will be better if Messi go to PSG.
      All three of our South Americans – Messi, Coutinho and Pereira should leave. Barcelona will be a European team from now on.

  4. Zemin Markota says:

    It is better for Messi to go to PSG. There are a lots of South Americans like him in that team and he will feel better there.

  5. Amilca Dakim says:

    All of U guys are very stupid, Messi is barcelona, if he leaves no barcelona

  6. Ade2nji says:

    Messi have tried for barca, we all see resting/benching him makes improvement to our games. Atleast 3games without him (3wins). And more beautiful displays from DEMBELE, GREISMANN, BRITEWHITE, COUNTIHO, and others…..

  7. Thomas TTK Anderson says:

    In football, if you don’t kick, you don’t score and if you don’t score, you lose. Barca wants to pass the ball five million times before kicking for goal. Even that, it is done on the left and right sides of the box. These are their problems and Koeman is showing no sign of changing anything. One can hardly see them crossing the ball into box. They need to change or else, they may not play the Champions League next season. Barca needs to keep players who want play for them and not those who want to leave…it will only be disasstrous.

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