Laporta’s ‘pearls’: from ‘stealing’ number 9 from Memphis to bragging about the money Barça has earned

This Friday was a special day for the Barcelona. After a season to forget, in which the march of Leo Messi and the sporting failure were the two plot lines that defined the return of Joan Laporta to the Barça board, the presentation of Robert Lewandowski As a new Barça player, he served to instil spirits in a crowd eager to return to the path of triumph. And the maximum president culé did not lose the opportunity in so important scene to leave several ‘pearls’ on the present of the Barcelona team.

One of the most surprising images of Lewandowski’s presentation was, without a doubt, the number he wore: 9. Obviously, it is not strange that a scorer like him, used to carrying the team’s attacking weight, wears that number… but yes it is if, until now, the person in charge of doing it was Memphis Depaya flashy signing from last year and a player who, with this move, Barcelona has clearly put on the exit ramp. It was a secret at times that the Dutchman had his hours numbered but, now, it has been confirmed with this move.

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“It has been a decision of the club. For reasons that interest the entity, for image, for publicity. We thought it was an appropriate decision. Utmost respect to Memphis“, explained Laporta himself. The Barça team knows that both Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay are the two great sports assets that have a market in Europe and its sale not only would not make the team suffer at a sporting level, but it would allow it to enter more than necessary money. The ‘play’ with the number, in addition to reinforcing Lewandowski’s image, is a push for the Dutchman to leave the club.

Nowadays, Barcelona has more than 30 players in its squad and he knows that, a little less than a week before the start of the league championship, he is obliged to lighten your weight to compete. Not only because the sale of a good part of his players would bring him income, but simply because of a matter of sports logistics: it does not make sense to have so many players if, at the moment of truth, many of them will not be able to be registered in the competitions. What’s more, the new culés incorporations are still waiting for LaLiga to give the OK to be able to play this course.

Many sources have criticized the line that Barcelona is following to end your financial hole. activation of the famous levers, that is to say, the sale of present and future assets of the club, has allowed them to obtain liquidity to cover the debts and, in addition, to form a competitive team of the highest level in exchange for decapitalizing themselves. However, Laporta not only defends the management, but also believes that a lot of criticism comes from the fact that Barça is back at a sporting level and with a team formed to fight for absolutely everything.

Lewandowski will wear number 9 at Barcelona. (Reuters/Albert Gea)

“The Barça has entered in these two months €868 million. We have a healthy balance sheet and the income statement as well. We have made a great effort after activate four levers in various asset transactions. And we have not lost them, because we have the option to recover these assets. We are turning that situation around. We have left the hospital and we are getting healthier. I am very satisfied”, explained the maximum Barca president.

Now, it remains to be seen if all the new additions from Barcelona end up being registered in LaLiga. The Barça team has actively and passively ensured that comply with the law and that they have agreed to all the details required by the body chaired by Javier Thebes, which is the one that must give the go-ahead to the registration of the players. Be that as it may, Laporta is already showing off his chest and boasting of the almost 900 million euros that Barcelona has earned thanks to his management. Now, it only remains to be seen if the shot is successful

This Friday was a special day for the Barcelona. After a season to forget, in which the march of Leo Messi and the sporting failure were the two plot lines that defined the return of Joan Laporta to the Barça board, the presentation of Robert Lewandowski As a new Barça player, he served to instil spirits in a crowd eager to return to the path of triumph. And the maximum president culé did not lose the opportunity in so important scene to leave several ‘pearls’ on the present of the Barcelona team.

Source: www.elconfidencial.com

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