'Messi Has Been Cheated, It's Not a Question of Money With Him' - Barcelona Presidential Candidate Joan Laporta

Dec 4, 2020, 9:31 AM GMT+5:30
Barcelona's former President Joan Laport
Barcelona's former President Joan Laport | JOSEP LAGO/Getty Images

Former Barcelona president and current presidential candidate, Joan Laporta has opened up on the Lionel Messi transfer saga raging on around the club, revealing that his main aim is to, "Give Messi back his happiness."

The club's interim president, Carles Tusquets on Thursday shocked the footballing world when he revealed that the club's finances are so poor that they should have sold Messi in the summer. Laporta for his part does not share that view, believing that it is upto to the club to make the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner happy once again.

"Leo wants Barcelona. What I want is to give him back his happiness. It's not just a question of money, you have to create a competitive team. Leo has been cheated and that is a big loss. He's a winner and can't stand to see other teams lift the Champions League," he told Marca.

"The last time I spoke to him was in October. I am very grateful to him for all he has done for Barcelona. I have known him since he was 16 years old and he is an extraordinary person. There is mutual appreciation and respect. We must be inside [the club] to make an imaginative and credible proposal to him."

It will be interesting to see how the club handles the Messi saga considering that the 33-year-old could leave the club for free in January as he is yet to sign a new deal with the Catalan giants.