As he usually does, Lionel Messi sent shockwaves around the globe when he announced that he will stay at Barcelona. Of course, it’s not exactly what he wanted. After all, the Argentine admitted he was adamant on leaving but the president wouldn’t allow it.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to see all the papers focusing on Leo this morning. SPORT just went with the cliche title that said ‘Se queda‘ or ‘He stays‘.
They have also highlighted some of the most interesting quotes from the man himself, including the famous burofax explanation and the fact he would never take the club to court.
Of course, Messi will stay at Barcelona but he is not exactly thrilled about it. Mundo Deportivo went with essentially the same thing for their paper.
Their title is Leo’s quote that says ‘I will stay and do my best‘, which we’re sure is true. However, it’s also true that Messi is not happy with the upper hierarchy and wants changes at the club.
The Argentine talked about the board just pampering over the cracks and not having a clear vision in place. Of course, Mundo Deportivo have not mentioned Josep Maria Bartomeu’s name anywhere in their article but that is not a surprise.
But overall, whether you felt like he needed to go or you wished for him to stay, there’s a huge sigh of relief in Catalonia this morning. The King is staying and he’ll lead the Azulgrana once again.
It might not be what he wants but he will sacrifice himself once more for the good of the club. Like he always has.
Barcelona presidential candidate takes a jab at Madrid president, calls him VARentino Perez
The presidential elections are edging ever closer and the people are already picking their favourites. However, this battle has very much become a two-horse race and even calling it that is putting it quite mildly as well. Joan Laporta is, to many, the frontrunner for the position while Victor Font and Antoni Freixa are lagging far behind.
This is especially true for the latter who seems to stand no chance against two big names in the business. But Freixa is still trying and campaigning as well. One of his latest moves was actually taking a dig at both Real Madrid and his direct rivals.
Following in Laporta’s footsteps of mocking the Madridistas, according to AS‘ report, Freixa addressed Florentino Perez, Real’s president, as ‘VARentino’ in one of his slogans.
‘I will not allow VARentino to control LaLiga,’, read the slogan to be more precise. Of course, some socis will undoubtedly find this funny and appealing. After all, Laporta’s dig was well received in the community because Barcelona fans, and any other fans for that matter, like jabs like these that are aimed at their arch-rivals.
However, Freixa also took a dig at Laporta as well, calling him out for not attending the debate with himself and Font. Either way, we can safely say the tension is slowly but surely on the rise.
March is also rapidly approaching and the candidates are using all the aces they have up their sleeves. We still don’t know who will have the final say but at the same time, there are some indications suggesting there is a clear favourite after all.
We’ll just have to wait and see.