Joan Laporta won the Barcelona presidential election by a landslide.
The 58-year-old beat rivals Victor Font and Toni Freixa with over 54% of the vote. Font gained just under 30 percent while Freixa gained just over eight percent.
Laporta was previously president during one of the club’s most successful periods; winning 12 trophies between 2003 and 2010 including a famous treble under Pep Guardiola and with Lionel Messi as a talisman.
Keeping the Argentine star will be his immediate top priority. Messi was pictured voting earlier today with teammates such as Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba.
Messi – a target for Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – has publicly discussed his uncertainty over the club’s leadership, and hopes the next Barcelona president has a clear plan to bring them back to former glory
Former President Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was among four former Barcelona officials arrested in a corruption probe by Catalan police last weekend, also voted at Camp Nou.
Bartomeu spent the night in a Catalan police station after being arrested along with current Director General Oscar Grau, Director of Legal Services Gomez Ponti and Presidential Advisor Jaume Masferrer.
Despite the scandal, Barca were looking to make the vote a positive opportunity, hoping the next president can chart a path to national and European domination; and one that will include their Messi talisman.
When the in-person vote opened at 9 a.m. on Sunday, more than 20,000 of 110,290 members had voted by mail. The initial vote was due to take place on January 24 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The club has set up six polling places to manage safe social distancing measures; at Camp Nou, in Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Tortosa and Andorra.
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