Barcelona Presidential Candidate Will Hold Referendum to Rename Camp Nou After Lionel Messi if Elected

Nov 27, 2020, 9:39 AM GMT+5:30
Lionel Messi
Barcelona's presidential candidate Emili Rousaud has promised to rename Nou Camp after Lionel Messi if elected as president | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona's presidential candidate, Emili Rousaud has made a huge claim, revealing that he will hold a referendum in order to rename the Nou Camp after the club's greatest ever player, Lionel Messi if he is elected in the upcoming elections.

The European giants are set to elect a new president in the upcoming elections scheduled for January in order to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu who stepped down from his post last month, with the entire board too resigning amid public criticism.

Bartomeu's position at the club came under increased speculation following Messi's decision to hand in a transfer request, with the player himself criticising the former president for the way the club was being run.

While the striker has given no indication that he will remain at the club beyond the end of the current season, Rousaud has promised to honour the icon by naming Camp Nou after him - while also reiterating that he will bring Neymar back if elected.

"We will hold a referendum to change the name of the stadium to Camp Nou - Leo Messi. We're going to sign two top players, one of them is Neymar. We are working to bring him back to Barcelona if he withdraws the lawsuit he has against the club," he said in a press conference.

"We hope to be able to announce soon the name of the other big-name player we want to bring. It will not leave anyone indifferent. We have a direct line to the player."

It will be interesting to see whether these statements will convince Messi to sign a new deal with the club, though it all depends on which candidate wins the presidential elections.