Laporta puts restoring ‘pride’ and keeping Messi at heart of his Barca presidential bid

December 1 – Joan Laporta, who led Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, and has announced that he will run for a second term as club president in succession to the much-maligned Josep Maria Bartomeu, says he is hopeful of convincing Lionel Messi to stay at the Nou Camp.

Laporta, who oversaw two Champions League titles as well as four league titles at Barca, says his relationship with Messi – widely assumed to be moving on at the end of his current contrast – 

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