Messi, together with his son Thiago, at the Barcelona elections headquarters at Camp Nou. FCB
Lionel Messi voted in the elections for the presidency of FC Barcelona. At 11:41, the Barça captain arrived at the Camp Nou accompanied by his eldest son, Thiago. Since he landed at Barça in 2001, it is the first time that the Argentine has exercised his right as a partner of Barcelona. Two of the other captains, Sergi Roberto and Busquets, also passed by the Camp Nou headquarters; as well as Riqui Puig and Jordi Alba.
They are not just any elections in Barcelona. After the resignation of the board of Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club is administered by the management board chaired by Carles Tusquets. Last Monday, former president Bartomeu was arrested by the autonomous police of Catalonia for alleged crimes of unfair administration and corruption between individuals as a result of the outbreak of Barçagate . Added to the difficult institutional situation is the economic fragility of the club, with a debt of more than 1,200 million euros, 700 of which expire in the short term. Messi is no stranger to the Barça context
The Argentine, who last summer tried to leave the Barça club, did not hide his analysis of the club's situation. "Barça is really bad, very bad, and it will be difficult to get back to where we were," he stressed last December in his last appearance, in an interview on LaSexta . Messi's contract expires in June 2021. On the 10th, therefore, from January 1, he is free to negotiate a new contract with another club. "Until the end of the season I will not make any decisions," explained, in any case, the captain.
The three candidates for the presidency of Barcelona agree that Messi must continue at the Camp Nou. Joan Laporta, who governed the Barça club from 2003 to 2010, assures that he is the most reliable letter for 10 to stay in Barcelona. "If some of the other two candidates win, it will be more difficult for Messi to stay," Laporta said. "The partners and Messi will vote for the best project," countered Victor Font. The candidate Freixa, on the other hand, distances himself. "Messi?" "Not even he is above the club."
Barcelona will meet its 42nd president tonight and Messi has already left his vote at the Camp Nou.