Carles Puyol: Messi’s continuation is indispensable
Carles Puyol, the former captain of Barcelona, stressed the importance of Lionel Messi continuing with the Catalan club, despite the conversations that linked him to a move outside the team’s walls at the end of the current season.
Barcelona’s historic goal-scorer contract expires in the summer of 2021, and he is entitled to a free transfer as he has not decided to renew his contract with the club. Puyol, 42, said that: Messi’s continuation with the team is very important. I hope he scores as many as possible goals, we will see what happens at the end of the season, it is his decision, but as a Barcelona fan, and as a friend of him, I hope it continues, of course, it will be a great thing for all parties.
The former Spanish defender expressed his confidence in Barcelona’s return to the coronation podiums and spoke about his own vision for the future of the team, saying: Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world, it is the greatest team for me, and our role as fans of this club is to support him constantly during all the stages he goes through, we are coming At a crucial stage, which is the club elections, each candidate will present his platform and determine the members of his board of directors, then the general assembly will decide who wins. I am sure the team will win the titles again.
The club’s presidential election is expected to be in June 2021, after the collective resignation of the former Barcelona administration headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. His successor will receive a mandate to stay in office for six years.
When Puyol was planning to be part of the club’s management team, he replied: I do not know, I am always inside the corridors of the club, to see what the future brings us.
It is noteworthy that Puyol defended the colors of Barcelona throughout his career, which spanned more than 15 years, was crowned more than 20 championships and was a key pillar in the team that won the hexagram in 2009 under the leadership of Pep Guardiola.