Laporta knows Messi from when he took over the club as their young president in 2003. A teenage Messi had recently joined the Spanish club after leaving Argentina with his family.
LaLiga head Javier Tebas says Real Madrid behind Josep Bartomeu’s European Super League announcement
The league president said Bartomeu, who resigned along with his board of directors on Tuesday, has been following the ideas of Real Madrid in recent years.
LaLiga: Josep Bartomeu announces resignation as Barcelona president, drops European Super League bombshell
Bartomeu said he accepted a proposal on Monday for Barcelona to play in "a future European Super League" which "would guarantee the financial stability of the club".
Bartomeu and his board are already set to be replaced in a club election in March. But some club members think they should go now after last month's 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich, a season without titles, and Lionel Messi's attempt to leave the club.
Lionel Messi's decision to stay at Barcelona means little for president Josep Bartomeu considering the turmoil at club
A vote of no confidence has been presented against president Josep Bartomeu by Barcelona's members, meaning he may not last that long. His victory over Lionel Messi may prove a hollow one.
LaLiga: 'Club is always above any player,' says ex-Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Lionel Messi saga
Luis Enrique managed Messi at Barca from 2014 to 2017 and they won the treble together in 2015.
Despite his unhappiness, Messi insists he will give his all for Barcelona next season under their new coach Ronald Koeman, with his current contract due to expire in June 2021.
Lionel Messi's father Jorge tells LaLiga his son is free to leave even as footage shows him conceding he could stay
Messi senior seemingly replied "yes" when asked by a reporter if they had considered the possibility of staying at the club for another season and then leaving for free next year.
In addition to meeting with Messi’s father, Barcelona said they also wanted to meet personally with the player to try to change his mind about leaving.
Spanish media reports said Lionel Messi has contacted the club to try to resolve the situation.
Koeman replaces the fired Quique Setién, who stayed only 25 matches on the job after taking over from Ernesto Valverde in January.
LaLiga: Barcelona fire coach Quique Setien after 8-2 mauling, board promises 'profound changes' in future
A replacement to Setien was not immediately announced but Spanish media said Dutch coach Ronald Koeman was the front-runner to take charge. The former Barcelona defender was reportedly already in Barcelona.
Josep Bartomeu told Spanish sports daily Sport in an interview that "at no moment did we think about a coaching change" despite Barcelona's poor finish to the Spanish league season.
Dodgy transfers, boardroom mayhem, managerial merry-go-round: Barcelona have been in disarray for a while, the cracks are deepening now
Barcelona may be just four points behind Real Madrid in the league but the club has all but conceded defeat while dropping six points in last four games.
LaLiga: Neymar 'did everything' to force Barcelona return from PSG, says club president Josep Bartomeu
The long-running transfer saga ended earlier this week with Neymar staying at PSG, who paid Barcelona a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million at the time) for the Brazilian in 2017.
LaLiga: Recent Barcelona transfers preparation for 'post-Lionel Messi era', says club president Josep Bartomeu
Although there is no suggestion Messi wants to walk away anytime soon, Barcelona are determined they will be able to continue their success once the Argentine is gone.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi should win the Ballon d'Or award every year, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The prospect of Barcelona superstar Neymar standing trial moved closer as a Madrid judge accepted an appeal for corruption charges to be brought against him
One week after the Spanish team's appeal against a FIFA-imposed transfer ban was rejected and two days after its sports director was fired, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu called for early elections to "relieve tension" at the increasingly troubled club.
Neymar's high-profile move to Barcelona in the close season was initially shrouded in mystery and it was unclear what exactly was paid to whom and when.