Official: Laporta is the new president of Barcelona

Received 54.28 percent of the votes

It’s finally official. Joan Laporta is back as the new Barcelonapresident.

The Catalan lawyer has come out on top against Victor Font and Toni Freixa in the club’s 14th elections, which were held on Sunday.

The ex-president returns to the role that he had held from 2003 until 2010, having obtained 54.28 percent of the votes, totalling 30,184 of the club’s members. His reign will run until 2026.

Laporta becomes the 42nd president in Barcelona‘s history, having started the campaign as favourite to win. 

The result comes as no great surprise given the support he has always had. When needing signatures to become a candidate, he obtained 9,265 to Font‘s 4,431 and Freixa‘s 2,634.

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In June 2003, Laporta received 52.6 percent of the votes to win, with 27,138 people voting his way. 

For the first time ever, voting took place across as many as six different locations, as well as via postal votes, which 20,000 people took advantage of. 

His newly elected board will take office within ten calendar days. 

Laporta‘s biggest challenge now is convincing Lionel Messi to stay at the club.

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