Barcelona presidential candidate Emili Rousaud has promised to hold a referendum on renaming the club’s stadium after star player Lionel Messi.
The Catalan side will elect a new president in January to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned from his post last month as the entire board – including Rousaud – stepped down.
Pressure on Bartomeu increased over the summer after Messi announced his desire to leave the club. The Argentina international criticised the president when he announced that he would be staying at Camp Nou for another season.
While Messi has given no indication that he wants to remain at Barcelona beyond the end of the current campaign, Rousaud has promised to honour the icon by naming Camp Nou after him.
“We will hold a referendum to change the name of the stadium to Camp Nou – Leo Messi,” he said.
Rousaud has also pledged to add more star quality to the Blaugrana squad if he is elected, promising to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain.
The entrepreneur hopes to incorporate former Barcelona stars into the organisation to bring the club back to help recreate their glory days.
He has also picked out a potential replacement for coach Ronald Koeman as well as a new technical director.
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