'We Will Talk to All Players, Especially Messi' – Barcelona's Presidential Candidate on Tackling Club's Debt


One of Barcelona’s presidential candidates in the upcoming elections, Toni Freixa has opened up on the club’s dire financial situation, outlining how he will tackle the club’s debt if he is elected in the upcoming elections.

While Joan Laporta and Victor Font are understood to be the frontrunners for the vacant position, Freixa is the third candidate on the ballot with the 52-year-old believing that Lionel Messi’s salary is an issue, but not the only one that needs to be tackled at the club.

“Our candidacy has an upward trajectory and the other two, if they are not declining, are stagnant. Barça is the biggest club in the world and, despite the situation, we must be optimistic because it will move forward. But we are at a compromised moment that is given by two factors; a management that has mistaken the economic model and the pandemic,” he said as quoted by Marca.

“In 2010 we found a club with a very similar economic situation, because when there is another candidate who says that he will do it again, it may be better if he does not do it because there was no pandemic at that point. We managed to redirect the situation, reduce the debt and to win titles. We have a plan to reduce costs we will talk to all the players, especially Messi. He himself has already said that he is aware of the club’s situation and solutions must be sought until end of the pandemic.”

Freixa who is a lawyer by trade served on Barcelona’s board under former incumbents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu but left in 2015, with the Spaniard reiterating that despite working under the much maligned board, he would do things differently if elected.