If Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona was uncertain prior to the game against Paris Saint-Germain, now it must be on the very edge. Seeing how the Catalans suffered another humiliation in Europe, it’s difficult not to think it may have affected the Argentine’s decision.
Still, Leo is adamant he’ll finish the season strong and then decide whether he wants to go or stay. A lot will also inevitably depend on the new president and his board. Whoever ends up winning the election will have an immediate task of convincing Messi Barcelona are still worth fighting for.
Joan Laporta, for example, promised he will do everything in his power to make it happen. Talking to Sky Sports in Italy, the presidential candidate said the following: “I will do everything possible for Messi to stay. Messi should be valued with the affection he deserved and with a suitable financial package, but it’s not about money. He needs a winning sporting proposal, Leo wants to win again with Barcelona.”
And that truly does seem to be the case. This was never about the money and Leo just wants to win. It’s the only thing he has ever wanted and that hasn’t changed since the early days. Laporta knows this all to well because after all, the two have worked together when Barcelona were on top of the world.
Maybe, just maybe, they can do that again with these two combining forces. Of course, Laporta first has to win the race to make it happen.
At the moment, he’s a clear favourite, even ahead of Victor Font, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Whoever conjures a better sporting project and sells it better to the socis will have the advantage.
For now, that certainly seems to be Laporta despite him being quite secretive about his plans. But knowing him and his connections, it could still be huge.
Let’s hope that’s the case. Both for Barcelona’s sake and the sake of the best player in their history.
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.