'Barca would be less valuable without Messi'


FC Barcelona presidential candidate Luis Fernandez says the club's value would drop if Lionel Messi left at the end of the season.

The Argentine was ready to leave the Catalan giants before the start of the season after his frustration with the club's board and Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stepped down in December.

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Messi has six months remaining on his deal with Barcelona, but he is only set to announce his future at the end of the season.

Fernandez pointed out that Messi's presence at the Camp Nou would better for the club financially.

"We can't forget that Barcelona have a greater income because of Messi," he told Radio Marca . "Barcelona would have less value without Messi.

"He is the only player in the squad who, by his mere presence, ensures Barcelona have more value and more income.

"We need income, but we also need to manage the club's structure. There's a need to negotiate the debt.

"But, there's no danger of Barcelona being forced to become a limited company. The members can rest assured about that."

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