- Augusto Benedito supposes that Messi will leave the club in the near future.
- If Leo was out of contract, he would do it right now, he believes.
- Benedito explains that Messi has no longer been the same without Neymar on his side.
"Unfortunately, I think Bartomeu will force Messi's departure from Barcelona. It would be the last error on the long list and the most tragic of the Bartomeu-Rosell era, which has been a nightmare for the history of our club," presidential candidate Augusto Benedito has said to Diario Sport.
"If Messi was out of contract this summer, I am sure he would leave. Messi hasn't been happy since Neymar left," he added.
Last summer, Josep Maria Bartomeu made an attempt to return Neymar but Paris Saint-Germain's financial demands were reportedly too high to be met.
Leo Messi's future is said to be up in the air. The Argentine's current deal with Barcelona runs until July 2021 which makes him available to be signed for free already in January.