Joan Laporta and other members of the Barcelona hierarchy were present, along with Xavi Hernandez, for the premiere of the Amazon Prime Video documentary series ‘FC Barcelona: A New Era’.
Ahead of the premiere, Laporta talked about Lionel Messi’s recent triumph in the FIFA World Cup with Argentina, deeming it ‘historical justice’.
It is historical justice; He is the best of all time and he deserves it,” said Laporta, who is reportedly working behind the scenes in his bid to bring Messi back to Camp Nou after the end of the season.
Messi’s contract at PSG, after all, expires in 2023 and there were suggestions that he may depart the club on a free transfer next summer.
Xavi, who is one of the figures at Barça that desperately want Messi to return to Camp Nou, did not shy away from praising his former teammate either. He even labelled the Argentine as the best player in the world.
I am very happy for Messi, he deserves the World Cup. He is the best player in history and he is my friend,” he said. “This World Cup final was one of the best in history,” he added.
Talking about the French duo of Jules Kounde and Ousmane Dembele, who faced defeat in the finals, Xavi said: “Both teams deserved to win the World Cup, Koundé and Dembélé had a good World Cup and also deserved it”.
With the season set to resume in less than two weeks, Xavi also talked about the club’s objectives, saying: “We are alive in La Liga, the Spanish Super Cup, the Europa League, and the Copa del Rey. We are ready to compete. We want to win titles.”
Xavi and Laporta were not the only ones to congratulate Messi on this historic triumph. Even Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti pointed out the fact that the Argentine deserved to win the World Cup due to his contribution to football over the years.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Prime Video documentary series on Barcelona will consist of five 30-minute episodes and will cover the timeline of Barça’s disastrous 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich to the club’s pre-season under Xavi Hernandez, including Messi’s exit from the club last year.