Joan Laporta Returns To Camp Nou As Barcelona President

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta was elected as the head of the Catalan club again on Sunday, taking charge of a team in crisis and facing daunting problems that include a huge debt and the possible departure of its superstar Lionel Messi when his contract finishes at the end of the season.

“The fact that the best player in the world came to vote today, along with his son, is proof that Leo loves Barca,” Laporta said. ”Together we will convince him to stay.”

Confirming the result Barca tweeted, “Joan Laporta, new president of FC Barcelona.”

Joan Laporta secured 54.28 per cent of the votes.

The runner up Victor Font, secured 29.99 per cent, while Toni Freixa got 8.58 per cent of the total votes.

The club hopes to bring in a new era, but one of his biggest challenge would be decision on the future of Lionel Messi.

Laporta, a 58-year-old Barcelona native and lawyer would replace Josep Bartomeu,
who stepped down last year following pressure.

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