Laporta, Barcelona president between 2003 and 2010, oversaw the appointment of Pep Guardiola as a coach in 2008. He also helped build the team that won an unrepeated six trophies in one calendar year in 2009.
Josep Bartomeu and his entire board of directors resigned on October 27 after overseeing a frustrating period that has left Barcelona with serious financial problems.
Laporta clearly sees himself as the man to steady the ship. He has stated he will make the iconic ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ slogan, the official motto of La Masia if he wins the presidential elections.
The slogan “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is widely associated with Liverpool, but is also sung by Celtic and Borussia Dortmund.
However, the YNWA message is most strongly associated with Liverpool, appearing on the club’s badge, as well as being sung at Anfield.
The song formed the backdrop to the celebrations at Anfield in 2019 when Liverpool produced a historic comeback against Barca in the Champions League.
LAPORTA’S BARCELONA CAMPAIGN WITH LIVERPOOL MOTTO:
Speaking in a news conference on Monday, Laporta emphasized that Barca must begin to show more faith in their academy again, rather than turning to big-name signings in an attempt to fix their problems.
“La Masia will be a personalized accompaniment to the player, under the slogan of you will never walk alone,”
“We want it to become a Center for High Performance and Sport Excellence, but also for personal development, where the treatment of athletes is not generic but one-on-one.
“We will do this with special care for the values that make up strong personalities and that we can be proud of: we want athletes who love Barça.”– Laporta said on his website
Laporta has also highlighted a desire to keep Lionel Messi at the club beyond next summer as one of the cornerstones of his election promises.
Longtime fans appear to view his promises with excitement and some amount of skepticism, but if Laporta is able to deliver as promised, he will rein in history as the biggest comeback heroes of Catalan history.
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