Emili Rousaud earlier served Barcelona as vice-president but left due to a conflict with Josep Bartomeu.
He is now one of the candidates in Barcelona’s presidential election and has spoken out about the future of the Blues’ captain Lionel Messi.
– Is Messi an economic issue or a sporting one?
“It’s the sporting project that matters here. When Messi said he was leaving, he didn’t say it was about money. He is the highest-paid footballer in the world, no one earns more than him. He didn’t want to leave because he doesn’t earn enough. He wanted to leave because he wants trophies,” Rousaud told As.
“Then he said: “We won’t win anything.” He wants to play for a team with talented players.”
– What about the economic side of things?
“Of course, the club cannot pay him that kind of salary in the current situation. It is unaffordable. We will have to come to an agreement. We will present him with an attractive project.”