Ex-President Joan Laporta claimed to have a "telepathic" understanding with Lionel Messi, but the No. 10 was unwilling or unable to return the praise. Bartomeu in turn quipped that he is not telepathic, but that he simply phones Messi. At present Bartomeu's relationship with Lionel Messi may seem far from ideal, though it is at least outwardly cordial. Though when you get the F.C. Barcelona Wristband No 10, we can bet that your relationship with the wristbands will become one of dependency rather than cordiality.