- Lionel Messi deserves to have another mega-deal at the Camp Nou, Joan Laporta claims
- The 33-year-old is set to see out his contract with Barcelona at the end of the season
- Premier League giants Manchester City have been suggested as his preferred destination
Barcelona presidential candidate, Joan Laporta believes Lionel Messi deserves a big-money contract to remain at Camp Nou next season.
The 58-year-old who was former La Blaugrana president from 2003 to 2010, winning two Champions League under his regime is in the running to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Interim president, Carlos Tusquets, recently suggested that the club should have sold the six-time Ballon d'Or winner due to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
And with the saga surrounding Messi's departure to Man City in the future, Laporte has stated that the Argentine is worth every penny he is being paid.
As the election is drawing closer to January 2021, Laporte said told Sport quoted by Goal:
"You could argue many reasons for him staying. I prefer to think about what Leo generates, which is a lot – certainly more than his salary may cost.
"I'm not just talking about the sporting level, which is already well known.
"I consider him the best footballer in history. Leo is so much more than just that. In my opinion all players, when they win many titles and generate so much for the club, deserve to be valued accordingly.
"At least that's how I'll try to make it happen. What you have to keep in mind is that he loves Barca and has shown that repeatedly.
"He is a club man and is comfortable at Barcelona and in the city. That is another factor that leads us to think the best thing for us is for the Messi-Barcelona relationship to continue."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Ronald Koeman has slammed his player's attitude during Barcelona's loss to Cadiz over the weekend.
The Catalan side suffered their first defeat to the newly-promoted side since 1991 which leaves them four points above the relegation zone.
The loss leaves the Catalans just three points above the relegation zone and the Dutchman was furious after the game.
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