Barcelona has turned a new leaf after electing Joan Laporta as the club’s President whose first task will be to extend Lionel Messi’s contract.
Laporta has been at the helm of Barcelona’s board between 2003 and 2010, a time when the Spanish giants recorded a string of successes including a treble during 2008/09 season.
Other achievements included the reign of now Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola, two Champions League trophies, and four La Liga cups.
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The new President won the elections after garnering 30,184 votes against 16,679 for Victor Font and 4,769 Toni Freixa who were also eying for the position.
Speaking after the win, Laporta turned the focus on Paris where Barcelona will be looking forward to overturn a 4-1 first leg Champions League defeat.
Also on his agenda will be to make a turnaround the financial situation at the club hard hit by the pandemic causing a $488 million debt.
When questioned about Ronald Koeman’s contract that expires in 2022, the new President revealed he will hear his agenda for the club before making a decision.
It was Victor Font’s idea to bring back former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez as the new coach something that the Spaniard did not comment about.
Josep Maria Bartomeu, the last President of the Catalans was arrested by authorities who are seeking to unravel the ‘Barcagate’ scandal which saw former players and existing players undergo a smear campaign.