Recently, Barcelona’s new and certainly charismatic president Joan Laporta reacted to Barça’s new and special El Classico jersey. Barça posted a video of the enthusiastic Catalan reacting to the single-game exclusive kit. When he first gazed at the packaging of the wonderful jersey, he said “A box with the Barca colours: Blau and Grana”.Well, he’s certainly not wrong.
When Laporta finally got a look at the jersey, he was brimming with excitement. “Wow! What a Jersey. It looks really cool.” Even though he is 58-years-old, the confidence and exuberance of the two-time president is wonderful for all fans to watch.
To know that such a caretaker will be guiding the club going forward gives many fans tremendous hope for the future. He also added his opinion on the Blaugrana’s kits, saying “We really do have some very cool jerseys!”
Most notably, though, Laporta expressed his opinion on the symbolism of the El Classico special jersey. The shirt has the Blaugrana colours as normal; however, it differs in its two stripes which extend from the top of the shirt to the bottom. The stripes are made of yellow and red lines, which represent the colours of Catalan, and are increasingly more opaque as the stripes travel down the shirt.
Upon looking at the jersey, Laporta said, “I think when the players put it on, the jersey itself gives them strength” Barça fans sure hope that such implications of the shirt stay with the players as well, and that the team is able to give their all against Real Madrid.
The video ended with yet another joke from the former politician. He expressed his eagerness, saying “I’m definitely going to wear it!” It is highly refreshing to have such a personality as the club’s helm. It is certainly an incredibly sharp contrast from the previous board. Hopefully, Laporta’s energy transmits into the rest of the team as well.
Just in: Neymar’s entourage confirms renewal with PSG as he ‘likes the project’
Fabrizio Romano has broken huge news as part of Neymar’s contract situation with Paris Saint-Germain, which all but officially announces that the Brazilian will be staying in France, contrary to what has been reported recently. The report suggests that that he will sign his extension soon, which is bound to include a massive UCL bonus.
Neymar’s entourage have confirmed his decision to stay with the Paris outfit in conversation with France Football, saying, “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project.”
Neymar is expected to sign soon his new contract with Paris Saint-Germain until June 2026, huge UCL bonus confirmed too. His entourage just announced to France Football: “Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is growing. He likes the project”. 🇧🇷 #PSG https://t.co/LMnrpctSkx— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 12, 2021
PSG have, in fact, actually enjoyed success in Europe in the recent past. They reached the Champions League final last season, crumbling only to the unstoppable Bayern Munich by a mere one goal to nil. Since then, they have fired Thomas Tuchel, and hired Mauricio Pochettino, who inspired an incredible victory against Bayern in this season’s Champions League quarters. Spearheaded by Neymar and Mbappe, the capital-side hit the defending champions for three goals, conceding two.
Despite their lead in the UCL, they do not have a stronghold on the trophy with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Real Madrid still in the running. It becomes a lot more problematic when you realise their situation in Ligue 1.
PSG look far from comfortable in the league, which is a shocker to say the least. As it stands, Pochettino’s mean are in second place with 66 points, three adrift of Lille who top the table with one of the most impressive defensive records in Europe.
A season without either of the big trophies might force Neymar to have a change of mind, with the Barcelona project looking much more comprehensive under Joan Laporta. In fact, the new President might look at the Brazilian as the key that will allow Lionel Messi to stay at the club. We do the same rumours annually, so it is only fair if any of these ‘confirmations’ are turned on their head in the coming weeks.