The Barcelona president was asked if the proposed new stadium would have space for a sculpted tribute to the club's Argentine forward and said the club would look into the ideaSandro Rosell says he likes the idea of building a statue of Barcelona icon Lionel Messi at a proposed new Camp Nou stadium and claims he and the Blaugrana board will consider the initiative.
The Barca president and three other members of the board held a press conference on Monday to unveil plans for a spectacular new stadium, which would be built at a cost of €600 million on the current Camp Nou site and will be put to a referendum vote for socios in early April.
Asked by an Argentine journalist if the proposed new site would have space for a statue of Messi, Rosell replied: "I like the idea of a statue. We hadn't considered it, but we will look into it."
Messi, who has netted 331 goals for Barcelona, became the club's all-time top goalscorer in March 2012 when he overtook former great Cesar Rodriguez (232 strikes). And several months earlier, the Argentine surpassed another Barca legend, Laszlo Kubala (194).
The Hungarian forward, who played for Barca between 1951 and 1961, is immortalised in a statue outside Barca's current ground.
"Messi should have a statue at Camp Nou, just like Kubala," Barca defender Adriano said in October 2011, when the Argentine surpassed the Hungarian's mark.