Current president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned earlier this week, along with his board, ahead of a vote of no confidence scheduled for next month.
It comes after months of widespread criticism of the deteriorating club finances and the decline of the team on the pitch, which came to a head with their 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. in August.
Font quickly became the favorite to succeed Bartomeu and exclusively Sky Sports News he has a clear plan to bring back the glory days of the La Liga giants involving the old Barca dynasty by breathing new life into the current one.
“Replacing the best generation the footballing world has ever seen, which I believe I have experienced over the past decade, is a big challenge,” Font said.
“Especially in a time of intense competition and many clubs owned by very powerful owners.
“FC Barcelona also needs a significant investment to rebuild the stadium and all in a world that has been hit by one of the worst crises of all time (coronavirus).
“It’s clear that we need a very solid plan to meet these challenges and that’s what we’ve been doing in recent years.
“Our intention is to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca to have inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff has instilled throughout the organization.
“And most of the top pros who know this style are also fans and love the club – like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol.
“These are all legends who love Barcelona but don’t work for Barca today – we have to bring them back to make sure we have a very competitive project.
“The only thing Messi needs is to know that he is part of a competitive project that aspires to win the next Champions League.
“We have no doubt that if we have the honor of taking the helm of FC Barcelona, we will be able to achieve it (Messi remaining). ”
Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012 and is currently manager of Manchester City, but his contract at the Etihad stadium expires next summer.
Guardiola has won 179 of his 247 games in charge of Barcelona and won 14 major trophies with the club, including three La Liga titles and the Champions League twice.
“Bartomeu’s statement in the Super League is bizarre”
Bartomeu did not go quietly in stepping down as Barcelona president, revealing that the club had accepted a proposal to join a future European super league following his resignation.
The plans involve Europe’s biggest football clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, to join a new FIFA-backed tournament that would reshape the global sports landscape.
Sky News has learned that financiers are in the process of assembling $ 6bn (£ 4.6bn) in funding to help create what could become the European Premier League.
More than a dozen teams from England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are in negotiations to become founding members of the competition.
However, Font was left baffled by Bartomeu’s statement about a competition that doesn’t exist – although he hasn’t ruled anything out himself at this point.
“I was very surprised by this statement because I know that the project is not a reality at the moment,” added Font.
“So joining a competition that doesn’t exist is a little weird to say the least.
“If we have the honor to take the reins of FC Barcelona, we would be very interested to understand what types of alternatives exist and what types of interesting projects there are in the world of football, and then on that basis we will make decisions . .
“When I have been asked about this in the past, I have always said that we should aspire to improve any top European competition, which is currently the Champions League.
“But at the same time, having a strong national championship is good for the sport and football ecosystem. “
What does Bartomeu’s exit mean for Messi?
Messi appeared ready to leave Barcelona this summer after falling out with the club’s hierarchy. But now that Bartomeu and the rest of the board have resigned, what does this mean for Messi’s future?
Messi demanded to leave Barcelona over the summer, publicly criticizing the board in the process, after his relationship with the club president deteriorated.
Although Barcelona managed to keep Messi, in part thanks to his € 700million release clause, their chances of retaining the Argentina international beyond this season seemed remote with his contract set to expire, but has the situation changed?
Sky Sports News got the views of two Spanish football experts to examine what Bartomeu’s exit could mean for Messi.