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 in an exclusive interview with Goal he would be staying at Camp Nou for another season.
While Messi has given no indication that he wants to remain at Barca 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 told reporters.
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.
“We’re going to sign two top players, one of them is Neymar,” he added. “We are working to bring him back to Barcelona if he withdraws the lawsuit he has against the club.
“We hope to be able to announce soon the name of the other big-name player we want to bring. It will not leave anyone indifferent. We have a direct line to the player.”