...later, his best promise is picking up Sergio Agüero when he becomes a free agent in the summer. The best he can do on the Lionel Messi predicament is opine that "Messi will weigh up the offer we will make him." Laporta is the greater showman, which is ... presidential desk and will have to turn promises into policy. He will have a cup final to look forward to, but also a date in his diary with Messi's 'people' who have to be persuaded by the new project. The biggest question is the billion-dollar question.