VIDEO SHOWS: EXTERIOR OF CAMP NOU AND PICTURES OF MESSI ON FACADE, FAN KISSING OF PICTURE WHERE HE IS SEEN WITH MESSI, COMMENTS FROM FANS
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SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 03, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. EXTERIOR OF CAMP NOU STADIUM
2. LASZLO KUBALA STATUE AND PICTURE ON CAMP NOU FACADE SHOWING PICTURES OF FCB PLAYERS (from left to right): JORDI ALBA, SERGIO BUSQUETS, LEO MESSI, GERARD PIQUE AND SERGI ROBERTO
3. BRAZILIAN SUPPORTER FABIO ALFREDO SUAREZ, 44, WEARING BARCELONA CAP AND JERSEY KISSING A PICTURE OF HIMSELF WITH LEO MESSI
4. SUAREZ LOOKING AT NOTEBOOK WITH PHOTO
5. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) BRAZILIAN SUPPORTER FABIO ALFREDO SUAREZ, 44, SAYING:
"Messi, please stay, supporters love you, club and football colleagues who have played with you need you, we have achieved many triumphs with you and our intention is to win many more with you."
6. (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) SUPPORTER, ANA MARIA RUNYOL, PENSIONER, SAYING:
"I believe that if (Messi) comes back, we the supporters will be very happy, everyone has the right to a second chance, and if he and his family reconsider, then I believe supporters will be very happy and he would come across as a gentleman, because in the current manner he doesn't."
7. (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) SUPPORTER ENRIC BOTANEGRA, 40, SAYING:
"I believe that if he wants to leave it's OK, he has done the best years of his career and supporters have experienced that, but I think his manners weren't the right ones, no one is indispensable and if he wants to leave he can go ahead."
8. (SOUNDBITE) (Catalan) SUPPORTER, ORIOL PRATS, SAYING:
(About Messi attitude) "He's playing with the supporters because I wouldn't tell them if I would stay or go, then there was the burofax thing, then that he stays, that Guardiola comes to Barcelona, so I think that a part of his supporters will welcome him back saying, 'You're Messi, you must stay here,' and another part who will say, 'We don't want you here, your time at Barca is over.'"
9. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SUPPORTER MARIA MORENO, 52, SAYING:
"I believe this is like a couple, like a romance, where you can love a person a lot and if something happens you can forgive him. If he stays and he is willing to help the club, he's the best player in the world, we will always love him."
10. STATUE OF JOHAN CRUYFF WITH PICTURE OF MESSI IN THE BACKGROUND
11. PICTURE OF LEO MESSI WEARING NEW SEASON FCB JERSEY
12. FCB AND CATALONIA FLAGS WAVING
13. FCB FLAG WAVING / FCB LOGO ON WALL
STORY: Barcelona fans were increasingly impatient and critical of Lionel Messi on Thursday (September 3) as the future of the Argentine star at the club remained uncertain following a week in shocked supporters and the sports world by announcing he wanted to leave the Catalan club.
While some fans begged him to stay, others described his current behaviour as ungentlemanly and accused him of playing with their feelings as they follow every twist and turn in the ongoing negotiations.
However most agreed that if he stayed he would regain support.
"I believe this is like a couple, like a romance, where you can love a person a lot and if something happens you can forgive him," Barca supporter Maria Moreno, 52, said. "If he stays and he is willing to help the club, he's the best player in the world, we will always love him."
Lionel Messi's father and agent met Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday to discuss the player's wish to leave the club but the talks ended in stalemate, Spanish media reported.
On Thursday, Jorge Messi appeared to leave the door open to the possibility Messi may stay at Barcelona.
"I don't know, " he replied when a reporter asked him if he would consider extending his son's stay for another year.
(Production: Jordi Rubio, Luis Felipe Castilleja)