When asked about the club captain’s future, Benedito was frank in his take on the situation.

Agusti Benedito is pessimistic about Messi’s future

Lionel Messi’s future remains uncertain, his contract expires in the summer, and presidential pre-candidate Agusti Benedito has done little to ease Barcelona fans’ fears. When asked about the club captain’s future, Benedito was frank in his take on the situation. “If Messi stayed, it would be the best news for the club, but I’m not very optimistic,” he said in an interview. “I would’ve liked it if in his interview the other week he had said that he wanted to stay at the club, but he didn’t, and now we have to wait and see. The truth is that I am pessimistic. You have to remember that in August he said he wanted to leave after 20 years and he hasn’t said what he wants to do.”

“The most likely result that I see is that he leaves us halfway through the year. Given the club’s situation, I think it is important that he stays at Barcelona and understands how the next two years will be ahead. He’s been here for 20 years, he’s a Barcelona fan, and I think he’s sensitive to the situation.” Benedito is just one of those campaigning to take over the club’s leadership in an election expected to see a new president by March of this year.