Victor Font Set To Return Guardiola To Barcelona For Messi’s Sake

Barcelona presidential frontrunner Victor Font is the favourite to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned from his role as president on Tuesday.

The job of the incoming president will be to ensure Lionel Messi signs a new contract.

Font knows his task, if elected, will be a tough one to bring back the success that the likes of Pep Guardiola had during his first spell in charge.

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However, Font says bringing Guardiola back is a huge step in keeping hold of Messi.

“Replacing the best generation the world of football has ever seen, which I believe we have had over the last decade, is a big challenge,” Font told Sky Sports News.

“Particularly at a time when competition is intense and many clubs are owned by very powerful owners.

“FC Barcelona also need a significant investment to rebuild the stadium and all in a world which has been hit with one of the worst crises ever (coronavirus).

“It is clear we need a very solid plan to meet these challenges and this is what we have been doing over the last few years.

“It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation.

“And most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carles] Puyol.

“They are all legends that love Barcelona but do not work for Barca today – we need to bring them back to ensure we will have a very competitive project.

“The only thing Messi needs is to know he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.

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“We have no doubt that if we basically have the honour to take the helm of FC Barcelona we will be able to achieve that [Messi staying].”