Lionel Messi should stay in Barcelona because he can lead the team. Club’s presidential candidate Victor Font said, “He plays a strategic role when he retires.”
As we know, Messi is Barca’s all-time favorite soccer player and the six-time world player of the year. In August, he left the Catalans after the relationship with the president Joseph Maria Bartomeu that turns in to sour. Argentine can leave the club where Messi spent his whole career. He signed a new contract before June.
Font formed part of a campaign against Bartomeu that led to him resigning in October. He believes the frontrunner and the world’s best-paid player can convince him to stay at Lou Camp.
A 48-year-old telecommunications entrepreneur, Font said, “if you are lucky enough to have the player in your team, you need to retain the talent. Moreover, he said if Messi goes to a competitor, we will not be able to find an alternate player because there is no alternate to Messi.”
Messi and Barca have a strong association because of their strategic relationship. The club always creates the right condition for Messi to play a role in the club even after retirement; he can share the best ideas. Victor Font has been running the presidentship for seven years and chooses Xavi to lead the team as a general manager and team coach.
Xavi’s intricate passing fuelled the Argentine’s incredible goal hauled for 11 years and helped the pair to win seven La Lia titles as well as four Champions Leagues with Barca. Furthermore, Font said, Messi needs to be convinced we have a competitive and winning project, and Xavi can play an incredible role for us.
Xavi is one who knows how football is the right one to convince someone like Messi. They are friends, know each other, trust each other, and going to be the key.
Well, if he wins, Font will take charge of a club with the highest wage bill in the world football. At this time, the club is in a financial crisis because of the covid pandemic that has obliterated revenue from ticketing, tourism, and merchandising. They had a loss of 97 million Euros, and their overall net debt was more than doubled to 488 million euros.
Font believes that Messi loves Barcelona as he joined at the age of 13, so maybe he could lower his salary demands to stay.
In this pandemic situation, all the clubs are in crisis economically and need to adjust their expectations. Font said.
So it is good that Messi loves the club and Font is sure he is ready to take long term perspective that contributes to the club to manage in the best possible way. When someone like Messi loves the club, you have a framework to regenerate and build a winning team.