- Joan Laporta is the new president of Spanish giants Barcelona
- The 58-year-old explained that the club will try hard to make Messi stay
- Messi has been linked with a move to PSG and Manchester City
Joan Laporta who recently got elected as the new Barcelona president has stated emphatically that he is expected to convince the captain of the club Lionel Messi to stay at Camp Nou.
This latest development will be a cheering news for all Barcelona fans considering how they have been expecting the Argentina international to sign new deal.
Laporta on Sunday, March 7, defeated two other opponents in an election to become new Barcelona president and was in joyous momentum after the announcement.
Before the start of the ongoing Spanish La Liga season, Lionel Messi handed Barcelona chiefs a transfer request and was linked with a move to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
But after days of serious talks with Lionel Messi's father involved, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner agreed to remain at the club.
Ever since then, Barcelona chiefs have been trying their best to make sure that Lionel Messi sign a new contract which has not been productive.
According to the report on Daily Mail, Laporta explained that he was happy to see Lionel Messi coming out to vote on Sunday, March 7.
''Twenty years ago, he made his debut with Barca's youth team.
''Seeing the best player in the world come out to vote today is a clear sign of what we keep saying. Leo loves Barca.
'The best player in the world loves Barca and I hope that is a sign that he will stay at Barcelona, which is what we all want.''
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi and his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo were both voted by fans in the Champions League greatest XI of all-time.
UK outlet BBC shortlisted players who made more than 60 appearances in the competition and have featured in at least one final.
Fans were allowed to vote for their best players in each position to make up a 4-3-3 formation.
Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon edged Iker Casillas into second place while Edwin van der Sar came third in the goalkeeping position.
In the heart of defence, AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos are voted to be in the team.
Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu
Source: Sports Brief News