Joan Laporta has spoken of his confidence that the Argentine star – who becomes a free agent in July – will remain at the Catalan club, where he has spent the entirety of his career.
Barcelona news has been dominated by the club’s elections to fill the position of president, delayed from the original date of 24 January due to Covid-19 restrictions and will now be held on 7 March.
Laporta – who was former Blaugrana president between 2003 and 2010 – is thought to be the frontrunner for the elections.
“We will need a competitive sporting offer,” Laporta told Sky, in quotes carried by Football Italia. “He’s a winner and he wants to win with Barcelona.
“I will do everything possible, there are many who want him and we will need an important offer. Money doesn’t guarantee titles.
“Messi generates more income than expenses, his cost is eight per cent of the total, he generates 30 per cent of revenue to the club.
“It’s profitable for Barcelona but the most important thing, which is priceless, is to ask a child who is the best in the world. They say Messi, immediately.”