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Bad News For Manchester City And PSG Fans As Laporta Wins Barca Presidential Race, Meaning Messi Likely To Stay
Bad News For Manchester City And PSG Fans As Laporta Wins Barca Presidential Race, Meaning Messi Likely To Stay

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Joan Laporta has defeated his opposition candidates to emerge the winner of Barcelona presidential election after securing 54.3 percent of the votes in the election.

During the elections which ended Sunday night, March 7, a total of 55,611 members voted, with Laporta defeating rivals Victor Font ( who won 30 per cent) and Toni Freixa (9 per cent).

Laporta, whose first spell as Barca president ended in 2010 when Barcelona were the best team on the planet with a squad boasting with the likes of Iniesta, Xavi, Messi and coached by Pep Guardiola, will now assume office for second term at the helm of the club.

That very Barca squad is still regarded as one of the greatest sides of all time.

During a build-up to the election, Laporta had promised those who voted for him that their best chance of retaining Lionel Messi was to vote for him

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As Messi’s contract expires in the summer, Laporta has promised to start negotiations with the legendary player.

When he was quizzed after the electoral results were announced if he would be in touch with Messi’s entourage tomorrow, he said: “Why tomorrow? I can speak tonight, the night is long.”

“These are the most important elections in the history of FC Barcelona,” Laporta declared. “They have been organised in a model fashion.”

Laporta’s opponent in the election, Font, told TV3: “I think it has been a constructive campaign. It is good for the institution that we celebrate a democratic day like today and that we congratulate the winner.

“Obviously, the results are not we wanted, but I want to thank thousands of Catalans who have supported us and given us their trust.

“I believe that the context in which the club finds itself has led to a rebound effect. We were fighting against a well-known former president. Against that it has been very complicated

“I will continue working to ensure that the Barca of the future is as we believe it should be. We have to reflect and digest the result, but the aims of helping to transform the club continues.”

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