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Laporta became president for the second time as club members elected him to replace Bartomeu.
Joan Laporta has been re-elected president of Barcelona again, inheriting a football club in crisis and facing significant challenges including massive debt and the possible departure of star player Lionel Messi at the end of his contract at the end of season.
Laporta became president for the second time as club members elected him to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Laporta, 58, defeated Victor Font and Toni Freixa in Sunday’s election for the post he previously held between 2003 and 2010.
“Joan Laporta, new president of FC Barcelona,” the club said on his Twitter account.
Laporta got 54% of the vote, followed by Font and Freixa.
“I want to thank all the club members who took part in these elections, which make us more than a club, and I think these are the most important elections in the history of the club,” said Laporta in his victory speech.
“We will bring happiness to the Barcelona fans, we will overcome the difficulties. The fans will continue to be the owners of this club. “
🗳 ELECTION 2021 🗳
Joan Laporta, new president of FC Barcelona pic.twitter.com/W0Klb7d1Je
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 7, 2021
Bartomeu resigned in October 2020 after facing a vote of no confidence from club members, with elections scheduled for January but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Laporta inherits the club with a gross debt of around 1.2 billion euros ($ 1.4 billion) and before Lionel Messi’s contract expires in less than four months, meaning the captain and l attacker can leave for free.
Messi, 33, voted in the election, along with teammates Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba and Riqui Puig, while former president Bartomeu also voted to choose his successor.
“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 to vote today is a clear sign of what we keep saying. Leo loves Barça, ”said Laporta.
“The best player in the world loves Barca and I hope this is a sign that he will stay at Barcelona, which we all want.”
Earlier this month, Barcelona football club plunged into crisis after Bartomeu was stopped by police in an investigation into the “Barcagate” social media scandal, involving a company hired to monitor the club’s online presence.
Bartomeu spent a night in prison while Catalan police investigated possible irregularities during his administration. He denied any wrongdoing.