Joan Laporta wins 2021 Barcelona Presidential Election

Barcelona club members have gone to the polls in record numbers to elect their new president, with a confirmed decision expected overnight.

According to a projection from Spanish TV station TV3, Laporta is in line to return to the top job at the Camp Nou with a vote share of more than 55%.

Laporta was elected as the 38th President of the Catalan giants in 2003, serving during the bulk of Pep Guardiola‘s golden era at the helm, before being succeeded by Sandro Rossell in 2010.

The 58-year old has pledged to guarantee a transfer war chest for boss Ronald Koeman ahead of the 2021/22 season alongside prioritising a new deal for captain Lionel Messi. He claimed he would begin negotiations with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, within 24 hours, if he is elected as president.

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