Barcelona president Joan Laporta said he was very confident Lionel Messi would choose to stay at the club after the Argentine delivered a vintage performance in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.
Messi scored a sensational individual goal midway through the second half after strikes from Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong had put the Catalans in charge.
He then adorned an outstanding display by netting again before lifting the trophy for the seventh time in his career, his first since becoming club captain in 2018.
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Barca’s all-time top scorer and most decorated player, Messi has only two months left on his contract and tried to leave last year after falling out with then-president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
But Laporta, who presided over Messi’s rise to stardom in his first stint as Barca…