Barcelona presidential candidate Emily Rousseau sat down in an interview with Ara, a Catalan newspaper, talking about her project and how she wants to get Barcelona out of the big hole they are facing right now.
He spoke on many other topics including Neymar, the financial situation, Bartomeu and other things. However, what caught the ears and eyes of Barcelona fans the most was his testimony of Lionel Messi and how he tried to convince him to stay.
Do you think Messi will stay?
“We have to sit down with Messi and ask him for a fee. At the moment the salary cannot be maintained. Messi has written the most brilliant page in the history of the club and we have to respect the legend. But the reality is like this. We will make this sacrifice. And if not. there is an agreement in the end, Messi won’t be around. “
This is undoubtedly one of the most courageous statements from one of the presidential candidates, likely as a PR move to raise awareness of his campaign. Rousseau is not among the favorites as Joan Laporta and Victor Font are leading the race and have promised the Socialists and Barcelona supporters that they will do their best to keep Messi at the club.
If there is one thing that has shown this season, it is the team cannot function on the pitch without Messi. There was no one on the pitch to be stimulated and nothing to show the fighting spirit the Argentine had shown. At least not for now. On that basis, one of the top priorities of a presidential candidate is to keep Messi at the club.