Toni Nadal joins forces with Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font and election victory would see him take a place on the board… but new partnership is unlikely to sit well with Real Madrid-supporting nephew Rafa!
- Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font has recruited help of Toni Nadal
- He is the uncle of 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafa, who supports Real Madrid
- If Font wins, Toni Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations at Barcelona
Toni Nadal, uncle and former coach of 20-times Grand Slam tennis champion Rafa, could be in line for a place on the board of Barcelona after announcing on Friday he has joined the team of presidential candidate Victor Font.
Font is the favourite to win the upcoming election, which will take place no later than next March but could be held earlier after Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as president last month in order to avoid a vote of no confidence.
If Font wins the presidency, Nadal will be in charge of institutional relations and will lead a new department created to promote good behaviour among youth players.
Toni Nadal (left) has announced he is joining Victor Font’s bid to be Barcelona’s new president
Font would have Nadal in charge of institutional relations if he wins the upcoming election
‘I’m excited and I hope to contribute to ensuring Barcelona remains the biggest club in the world and the top representative of Catalonia,’ Nadal said at a presentation on Friday.
‘I want to create a model in which all players, from youth level up, learn not just to play football but how to represent an institution which is second only to the regional government of Catalonia, and that brings with it a big commitment.’
Toni’s brother Miguel Angel Nadal made more than 200 appearances for Barca as a defender, playing alongside current coach Ronald Koeman in Johan Cruyff’s famous ‘Dream Team’ which won the club’s first European Cup in 1992.
Josep Maria Bartomeu is to be replaced and Font is considered a strong candidate for the role
Any move for Nadal would jar with the allegiances of nephew Rafa, who supports Real Madrid
But nephew Rafa is an ardent Real Madrid fan.
‘I’m very aware that my nephew is a Real Madrid fan and my brother a former Barcelona player but I don’t hate our rivals,’ he added.
‘What I’m concerned about is Barca and that they do as well as possible, regardless of whether Rafa supports Real Madrid or Fuenlabrada.’
Nadal also said he and Font would do their best to ensure Lionel Messi remains at the club and signs a new contract before his current deal expires in June.
‘We have to make a huge effort to ensure he is happy to be with us,’ he said.
‘It’s terrible that the best player in the club’s history wanted to leave. It shouldn’t be possible for him to be unhappy. We have to create a climate whereby he feels at ease.’
Font and Nadal have made it clear that getting Lionel Messi to sign a new contract is essential
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