Laporta first came to prominence in 2003 when Barcelona were under a period of massive transition. He was elected as the president for his incredible campaign and ideas and proved to be the best president in the history of the club. Not only did he lead Barça to two Champions Leagues, but he also solved several administrative and financial problems within the club.
It is not 2003, now, however, and Laporta will have to recreate his first tenure again. In fact, he might have to better it. The Catalan giants have a plethora of problems right now as well, and Laporta will have to jump over several hurdles to get the club back on the right track.
Everyone can hope he has ideal solutions for the club which are several months in the making because Laporta has always been the front-runner for the elections.
Erling Haaland has been on the list for Laporta for a long time, according to rumours. He has addressed the questions relations to the Norwegian publicly, as well, dropping hints about moving for him soon enough. Additionally, he has name-checked the likes of Mino Raiola, Pini Zahavi, Jorge Mendes, and several others, which proves his influence in the world of football.
As Messi’s deal expires in the summer, Laporta has promised to start negotiations with the star player.
When he was asked 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.”
Font, Laporta’s opponent in the election 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.”