Joan Laporta, president of the Barcelona, was very happy for the title obtained in the Copa del Rey but also released statements about the continuity of Lionel messi in the team. “I am convinced that he wants to stay and it is already known that we are going to do everything that is in our hands, within the possibilities of Barça, so that he continues with us ”, said the president.
Lionel Messi had a stellar performance this Saturday in Barcelona’s 4-0 victory in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic. The Argentine converted a double (68 ‘and 71’) into a “very special” trophy according to his statements. The team captain is in the middle of defining his future, as his contract ends in June. President Laporta assured that Leo “wants to stay”, although he has not yet renewed their bond.
“Leo is the best player in the world. He is a player who is deeply rooted in the club, who loves Barça. I am convinced that he wants to stay and it is already known that we are going to do everything in our hands, within the possibilities of Barça, so that he continues with us “, said President Laporta on ‘Telecinco’ television after the title del Barca, which leaves him as the maximum champion of this contest with 31 trophies.
Laporta, elected as president in March, added more statements about Messi’s future and his performance: “It’s what we want the most. Today Leo has made a football exhibition and also has had a great team, which has played at a very high level. A first part dominating and a second part doing a great soccer game, playing soccer very well ”. After the victory, Laporta went to the locker room and had a heartfelt hug with Messi, which could be seen on the official social networks of the club.
Messi has not yet defined his future and his link with the Blaugrana club culminates in June of this year. Leo recently wanted to force his exit from the club but backed down due to the resistance of the leadership at that time. He has not yet expressed himself about the future and it is a total unknown. Laporta also spoke about the title won: “We really wanted to win again. We have reached a great final, with a great rival, and the players needed this. Our players played a great football game, I’m happy for them, for the coaching staff and also for our fans. We hope that this will be the first Cup in a cycle of many Cups ”.