Joan Laporta was on Sunday elected the brand new president of Barcelona.
He returns to the place he beforehand held from 2003 to 2010.
Laporta received forward of rival candidates Victor Font and Toni Freixa.
The Spanish membership known as the election on Sunday night time, with Laporta profitable with 30,184 votes and Font coming in second and Freixa third with 16,679 and 4,769 votes, respectively.
Barca stated 51,765 out of 109,531 eligible members had voted within the election.
Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, in addition to the membership’s former coach and present Spain boss Luis Enrique, all participated within the voting train.
“I need to thank all of the members for popping out to vote what has been an important election within the membership’s historical past attributable to [the effects of] the coronavirus pandemic, which has modified our lives,” Laporta stated in a short speech.
“I need to thank the members which have supported our marketing campaign. This has been a celebration of democracy and of Barcelona. I additionally need to pay particular due to Johan Cruyff, who’s not with us. I’m positive he’s helped us.
“Barcelona is a large household, and we’ll overcome the difficulties collectively. We’ll obtain the targets that we have now set out.”
Laporta famous that the truth that Messi voted on Sunday was “important.”
“At present, 20 years in the past, Messi made his debut for Barca’s youth groups,” he added.
“To see the most effective participant on the earth, the participant within the historical past of soccer, coming to vote, is an indication of what we have now stated all through the marketing campaign: that Messi loves Barca.
“The perfect participant on the earth loves Barca, and that’s very important. We’re going to encourage him to proceed with the membership, which is what all of us need.”