Joan Laporta Elected As Barcelona’s President, Vows To Take The Club To Greater Heights
Joan Laporta has been elected as the new Barcelona president as members of FC Barcelona have had their say in the presidential elections. He received 54.28% of the vote which put him ahead of competitors, Victor Font (30%) and Antoni Freixa (9%),clinching his second term with the club.
He’s taking over from Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October along with his board of directors.
Laporta was last president at Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, which is seen as one of the club’s most successful periods as they went all the way in the UEFA Champions League on two occasions and also claimed four La Liga titles. His first tenure also coincided with Lionel Messi becoming one of the world’s best players.
While giving his victory speech, Laporta vowed to bring positivity back to Camp Nou, he said;
“My goals are for Barça to be economically sustainable again and for Barça to be happy again,” he said. “We have many challenges ahead of us and we will surely achieve them.
“This great family that is FC Barcelona will overcome these difficulties and we will achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves. I would ask all Barça fans not to think about what Barça will do for you, think about what you can do for Barça.”
The newly elected president’s first major obstacle now is to ensure that Lionel Messi stays at the club beyond the end of the season. Messi’s contract expires in the summer and he has cast doubt over whether he will sign a new deal – although the club’s superstar forward was one of the 55,611 people who voted to decide the new president. The Argentine’s future is one of the big topics in Laporta’s speech given shortly after he won the election.
“The fact that the best player in the world came to vote today, along with his son, is proof that Leo Messi loves Barça. Messi wants Barça, the best player in the world wants Barça and that is very significant. We are going to encourage him to continue at FC Barcelona, which is what we all want.
“We are a great family, we have a great feeling. We all have to work together to face the challenges ahead. What we can do most for Barça is to love it, to love it more than ever. Long live Barça and long live Catalonia.”
The 58-year-old Spanish politician is expected to be at the helm of the affairs of the club until 2026.
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