Barcelona’s new era without Lionel Messi does not need to begin immediately, according to presidential candidate Víctor Font.

Interviewed by AS about the objectives for life after the Argentine legend, Font replied: “Maintain the ownership model and keep winning titles. That is, to be competitive by having the club owned by the members when this winning generation no longer exists.”

Font did not agree with the suggestion that now is already the time start planning for life after Messi.

“Not at all. In fact, our goal is for Leo to continue to be and continue to lead the team on the field as long as he wants to continue playing.”

The presidential election takes place on January 24 to decide who will take over as the next president of the Catalan club.