Toni Nadal calls for Barcelona to convince Lionel Messi to stay

‘I would like to see him win another Champions League with us’: Toni Nadal calls for Barcelona to convince Lionel Messi to stay after it emerges he could join the club’s board

  • Toni Nadal called for club to try and convince Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona 
  • Nadal has joined forces with Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font 
  • He said that he would like to opportunity to convince the club legend to stay 

Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of 20-times Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa, has called for the club to try and convince Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona after it emerged he could become a new member of the club’s board.

Nadal has joined forces with Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font ahead of the upcoming election. 

If Font wins the presidency, Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations and will lead a new department created to promote good behaviour among youth players.

Toni Nadal (left) has announced he is joining Victor Font’s bid to be Barcelona’s new president

Nadal has called for the club to try and convince Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona

And he said that one of the priorities must be to try and retain the services of club legend Lionel Messi, but he is unsure whether he would be able to do so.

‘I don’t know if I see myself capable, but I would try for sure,’ Nadal told Sport. 

‘I wish they gave me the opportunity to try. I would like to see him win another Champions League with us. 

‘Winning the Ballon d’Or and I would like him to help us make an exciting project.’

Font would have Nadal in charge of institutional relations if he wins the upcoming election

Messi had a very public fall out with the club during the summer transfer window following the appointment of manager Ronald Koeman. 

Despite Messi’s feelings being made clear, Nadal believes he remains motivated in the Barca colours.

He added: ‘In the games I have seen, I see him motivated and at a good level. 

‘I always trust the best and Messi has been the best in the world for many years, he continues to be so and I am convinced that he still has to give the club a lot of satisfaction.’


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