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Laporta talks Messi after winning Barcelona presidential elections

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The new president has given his first speech

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New Barcelona president Joan Laporta has given his first speech since winning the elections and couldn’t resist talking about captain Lionel Messi.

The Argentine’s future is one of the big topics Laporta will need to sort out with the 33-year-old out of contract at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

Messi was pictured at the Camp Nou earlier on Sunday with son Thiago as he cast his vote, and Laporta is convinced the 33-year-old still loves the club.

“First of all I want to thank everyone who has participated in these elections, which have been the most important in our history due to the pandemic, which has changed our lives.

“I want to give a special thanks to Johan Cruyff, who surely has helped us. He inspires us with all the decisions we have to make, this candidacy It is a Cruyffista and Barcelonista candidacy.

“Today, 20 years ago, Messi made his debut for Barca’s youth teams. The fact that the best player in the world came to vote today, along with his son, is proof that Leo Messi loves Barça. Messi wants Barça, the best player in the world wants Barça and that is very significant. We are going to encourage him to continue at FC Barcelona, which is what we all want.

“This great family that is FC Barcelona will overcome these difficulties and we will achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves. I would ask all Barça fans not to think about what Barça will do for you, think about what you can do for Barça.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Laporta’s win caps a memorable week for Barcelona. The team have reached the Copa del Rey final and kept their title hopes alive on the pitch and now head into a new era with Laporta as president once again.