Sport Joan Laporta defends Lionel Messi and his contract

20:15  07 february  2021
20:15  07 february  2021 Source:   sofoot.com

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In a long interview with the daily Olé , Joan Laporta wanted to defend Lionel Messi, following the publication of his contract . The candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona denies any responsibility of the Argentinian in this matter, shedding additional light on the club's economic difficulties: "I sent him a message to support him and reiterate my desire to see him continue at Barça. The publication of his contract is doing the club a lot of harm, and all this is caused by the downfall of its leaders. FC Barcelona’s difficulties have nothing to do with Leo’s contract. "

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Laporta specifies that a large part of the profits garnered by the Catalans, season after season, would be nothing without the presence of La Pulga : " Lionel Messi generates much more money than it costs to the institution. Eight out of ten jerseys sold are flocked "Messi". The international image of the team rests on him. It represents a third of Barça's income. His contract represents only 8.2% of the club's expenses. It's nothing. It goes without saying that Messi’s extension is one of the sore spots in Barca’s upcoming presidential elections.

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