Barcelona’s legendary stadium, the Nou Camp, could be re-named after Lionel Messi in recognition of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. Emili Rousaud has put himself forward for the upcoming presidential elections with some incredible promises to fans.
Barcelona are in the midst of a crisis at the moment, and are still without a president.
After a disastrous exit from the Champions League in a humiliating 8-2 loss against Bayern Munich, they endured a difficult transfer window and were unable to get their top targets.
Then, Messi attempted to tear up his contract with the club and leave for Manchester City on a free.
While he was blocked from doing so, he is still expected to leave for nothing next summer.
After all that drama, there was further turmoil as unpopular president Josep Bartomeu announced he and the rest of the board had handed in their immediate resignations.
As a result, the club will now hold elections for their next president, with different candidates putting forward their visions for how to take the club forward.
Most have promised to return the club to their previous standing in world football as the leading force in the sport.
But Rousaud has issued some very strong promises, including launching a bid to re-sign Neymar.
The Brazil megastar, who left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, has been constantly linked with a return ever since.
Barca were set to make a move in the summer, but were unable to because of the financial restraints of the coronavirus pandemic.
That isn’t the most significant promise made by Rousaud, however.
The presidential candidate has also proposed re-naming the Nou Camp after Messi.
Catalunya Radio, via BarcaCentre, claims the stadium could become the ‘Nou Camp Leo Messi’ in recognition of his time at the club.
Whoever wins the presidential election – set to take place in March – will first be tasked with convincing Messi to stay.
With his contract up at the end of the season, Messi is free to talk with new teams in January and sign a pre-contract agreement.
But Toni Freixa, one of Rousaud’s opponents, believes the Argentine wants to stay at Barca.
He said: “Messi has been everything and has to continue; my will is for him to continue, but one day he will have to leave.
“The day it happens, hopefully it will be never, but it is not a question of taking away my sleep.”
“The Messi case is one of the important issues. The situation must be analysed and a series of decisions must be taken.
“To sit down and talk to Messi, you have to look him in the eye and see what everyone wants and what the club can offer.
“You have to ask him if he really wants to continue, which I’m convinced he does.”