- Barcelona will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the club in 2024.
- While building the new Camp Nou by that time is not easy, extending Leo's contract is a priority for the Catalans, says the presidential candidate.
"I wish we could celebrate the 125th anniversary at the new Camp Nou and with Leo with us. The issue of the stadium is not easy because it takes two years to build it," Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta told Goal.
"The issue of Leo is easier than the stadium. It would be very nice to get to this anniversary with Messi, it would be good final fireworks."
While it would be all but impossible to build the new Camp Nou by 2024 when the Catalans will celebrate the club's 125th anniversary, Laporta insists that extending Lionel Messi's contract would be a priority for him if he wins the upcoming election.
"It is very important, on a priority level. Great players have passed through Barcelona, the best in their time, but Leo is special," the 58-year-old added.
"He is the best in the world and surely in history, which is why he is so valued. The issue is so important for Barca that we have to do whatever it takes to maintain harmony.
"If it doesn't happen, we will have to move on and sooner or later we will have to accept it. He still has a long journey in elite football but everyone's sporting career ends, while Barca continues.
"We are already signing up with new players who are asking for an increase, we must give confidence to the technical secretariat and the coach so that they can count on those already here."