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Barca President Reveals Message From Messi

After Lionel Messi's high-profile fallout with FC Barcelona's previous president, the newly-elected chief has revealed he received a message from the club's all-time record goalscorer after winning the election this past weekend.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Messi voting in the latest Barcelona presidential election, and of Laporta after winning!

Joan Laporta has returned to Barcelona as president, 11 years after his previous seven-year spell at the helm of the club, which began in 2003, came to an end.

Many believe he holds the key to convincing Messi to stay with the Catalan giants, with the chief having a good relationship with the Argentine superstar.

Messi himself took part in the voting process this past weekend, with Laporta stating during a press conference after he won the election that this shows the 33-year-old's love for the club.

Speaking to Catalunya Radio on Monday, the 58-year-old repeated that sentiment, and also revealed that Messi had sent him a private message congratulating him.

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"It was very nice to see Messi going to vote. It is yet more proof that he loves Barca," Laporta said.

"I am convinced that he wants to stay. And, yes, he has already congratulated me for winning the election.

"He also won yesterday. We will soon have a quiet talk and decide his future."

Messi, who has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, will become a free agent in July should he decide not to extend his current contract with the Blaugrana.

The Argentine attempted to quit Barcelona in the transfer window ahead of this season after falling out with ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

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After being forced to stay, Messi found it difficult to return to his best form, but has now contributed to 35 goals in 34 appearances across all competitions for Barca in this campaign.

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