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, received 58.three per cent of the vote to beat Victor Font (31.three per cent) and Toni Freixa (9.three per cent) on Sunday.
In his final spell as Barcelona president, Laporta appointed the untested Pep Guardiola as supervisor, which led to 3 LaLiga triumphs and two Champions League trophies.
Laporta’s appointment may show to be an enormous growth in Lionel Messi’s future.
The Barcelona captain, who has been closely linked with summer time strikes to Man City 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 appeared sure to go away when his contract expired on the finish of the season.
However one in every of Laporta’s greatest priorities can be tying Messi to a brand new deal.
First-team gamers comparable to Messi, Jordi Albia, Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto, together with membership legend Carlos Puyol, positioned their votes for the subsequent 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.