Camp Nou to be named after Lionel Messi says presidential candidate Emili Rousaud.
Presidential candidate, Emili Rousaud, promised to rename Camp Nou stadium after Lionel Messi if he wins the presidency.
The Blaugrana are to elect a new president in January after the sacking of Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Messi’s future with the Catalan giants remains uncertain beyond the end of the current season.
But Rousaud has pledged to rename Camp Nou after the club’s star player.
“We will hold a referendum to change the name of the stadium to Camp Nou – Leo Messi,” he told reporters.
“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.”
He is also hopeful of bringing back old club legends back to Camp Nou.
“If we win, we want to count on Xavi [Hernandez], [Andres] Iniesta and [Carles] Puyol and give them a strong link with the club, the team and La Masia,” he added.
“I do this out of enthusiasm, commitment and experience. I want to rebuild the team, the club and the economy. I will leave my skin to make Barca, once again, the best team in the world.
“I have known the house for five years and have business experience.”