Rosell: “we’ll never let you leave”
Speaking at the presentation of the Golden Boot to Leo Messi on Thursday night, club President Sandro Rosell declared his desire that the Argentinean star stay at the club: “all his life”.
FC Barcelona’s intentions for Leo Messi were made clear by Sr Rosel, who spoke
at the presentation at the old Damn factory, when he told Messi: “we’ll never let you
leave. You’ll be with us all of your life!”.
Speaking directly to the player, the President told him: “Leo, in the name of all the
Barcelona club. I want to thank you. You have praised the work of La Masia and you are a faithful
reflection of what we want -the first player who has come through the club to
win the Golden Boot
, Golden Ball and World Player of the Year. Thank you also for the person you are –
you are a Golden Person too”.
Friends and teammates
Amongst the friends attending the presentation were teammates Carles
Puyol and Xavi Hernández. Puyol commented: “Messi is the best player in the world. He shows
that week in and week out. His humility just makes him an even greater player”.
Board advisor Migueli wasn’t surprised by the award: “Leo can’t surprise me
anymore– he did the first day I saw him. He has tremendous quality. He’s thrilled us
all and he’s the best in the world – I wish him all the best for the future”.
Finally, first team trainer Juanjo Brau, who has shared many of Messi’s highs and lows,
stressed Messi’s “sense of being a part of the team, his humility and the friendly way
he treats everybody. He’s the best in the world, but he’s got his feet firmly on the