Joan Laporta has been elected Barcelona’s new president for a second time.
The Spaniard, who presided over the LaLiga giants between 2003 and 2010, gained 30,184 votes to beat Victor Font (16,679 votes) and Toni Freixa (4,769 votes) on Sunday.
In his final spell as Barcelona president, Laporta appointed the untested Pep Guardiola as supervisor, which led to a few LaLiga triumphs and two Champions League trophies.
Laporta’s appointment may show to be an enormous improvement in Lionel Messi’s future.
The Barcelona captain, who has been closely linked with summer season strikes to Man Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain, got here near leaving Spain final 12 months, earlier than selecting to remain.
The 33-year-old hit out at former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu over his operating of the membership and regarded sure to go away when his contract expired on the finish of the season.
However one in all Laporta’s greatest priorities can be tying Messi to a brand new deal.
First-team gamers akin to Messi, Jordi Albia, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto, together with membership legend Carlos Puyol, positioned their votes for the following Barca president.
Voting occurred on the Camp Nou and in Tarragona, Lleida, Girona, Tortosa and Andorra.
Barcelona are second within the LaLiga desk and path leaders Atletico Madrid, who’ve a recreation in hand, by three factors.