Lionel Messi must become ‘Barcelona’s Michael Jordan’, says presidential candidate Jordi Farre

Lionel Messi’s relationship with Barcelona has become fraught

Farre is among the candidates hoping to succeed Bartomeu, although Victor Font is considered a clear favourite.

“Doubting what Messi has given us is in bad taste,” Farre told Esport3. “Messi has to be offered a life project. We have to turn Messi into Barca’s Jordan. We’re working to offer Messi a project in the institutional life of the club.

“We’ve already spoken with Messi’s entourage and we have a proposal. The issue is not economic – Leo’s already made a lot of money. It’s a love story. I’m sure I have a project that will convince Messi.”

Regardless of the election’s outcome, Messi continues to be linked with a summer move to Manchester City when his contract expires. The 33-year-old has scored three goals in seven league games this season as he adjusts to working under Barcelona’s new coach Ronald Koeman. 

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