Former Barca president, Joan Laporta has admitted he’s “scared” star player Lionel Messi might leave Barcelona due to the current board members that control affairs of the club.
Messi is contracted at Camp Nou until 2021 but there have been reports that he has issues with Barca’s current president Josep Maria Bartomeu and other board members, with further reports indicating that the Argentine is considering his future at the club he has played for since the age of 12.
Bartomeu recently said Messi will re-sign and likely see out his career at Barcelona, but Laporta has noted Barca’s current board members could force their star into a corner and make him reconsider his future.
“I want him to stay in 2021 but I am scared that a bad decision of this board could result in an irreversible decision,” Laporta said of Messi at an event at Sant Joan de Deu Hospital recently.
“It’s not BarcaGate, it’s BartoGate, I am worried about how the status of the club is being put at risk.“
Laporta, who wants to run for Barcelona president again, has also warned club legend Xavi against returning to manage the club until new board members are brought in.
“If I was Xavi, I would never be back to this board. Every day I have more desire to take part in the election. Some concrete conditions are needed for me to feel comfortable to run right now rather than resist for a few more years.”
Meanwhile, critics say a return of Laporta who is scared Messi might Barcelona, can only spell bad news for fans of the club.
“Good looking, personable and evidently much more charismatic than his successors, it’s important to remember that during the club elections of 2003, Laporta started well behind the favourites with a manifesto that didn’t particularly appeal in the initial stages,” critics however maintain.
They say a promise to deliver David Beckham to Barcelona was possibly the single most significant statement which began to win the voters round, but it was a promise he failed to deliver. Ronaldinho was a more-than-adequate replacement, but his successors in office soon saw through the flashy exterior.