Joan Laporta won the majority of votes to become the new Club President of FC Barcelona. Laporta would be keen on leading his club to the top for his 2nd stint as the Club President.
The 58-year-old veteran was the President from 2003 to 2010. However, under his previous reign, Barca won four La Liga, two UEFA Champions Leagues, three Spanish Super Cups, one FIFA Club World Cup, one Copa del Rey, and one UEFA Super Cup.
Laporta’ greatest strength is definitely the good terms between him and Lionel Messi. He can convince the latter to stay in Catalonia.
JOAN LAPORTA – A NEW RAY OF HOPE FOR BARCELONA
Laporta won the election by the second-highest ever margin of 54.28% votes. Victor Font came second winning 29.99% of votes and Antoni Friexa only getting 8.58% of the total votes.
A week after the arrest of former President Josep Maria Bartomeu for his alleged contribution in “Barcagate”, the club needed signs of a huge improvement. Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in the world. And now they are facing a financial crisis and are on the verge of bankruptcy.
The financial crisis would be the biggest obstacle that Laporta needs to clear and COVID-19 made the conditions even worse. The unnecessary spendings for transfer are also one of the reasons.
However, the biggest challenge for Laporta is to convince Lionel Messi to stay at his club. He still believes that the Argentine will stay at the club.
“Twenty years ago a little boy called Leo Messi made his debut with Barca’s youth team. Seeing the best player in the world come out to vote today is a clear sign of what we keep saying. Leo loves Barca.” – Joan Laporta.
The newly appointed president would have to take charge along with his board members within 10 days. He is also happy with the current coach, Ronald Koeman, and believes that the coach deserves some respect.
During the celebrations, Laporta is now keen about overturning the 4-1 deficit against Paris Saint Germain. Hence, the away match against PSG would be the first match he would be watching after his appointment as the Club President.
“Now let’s go to Paris and see if we can make another ‘remontada’ happen!” , says Joan Laporta.
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