With 58% of the votes of the “socios”, according to quasi-final results, Joan Laporta has just been elected president of FC Barcelona.
For the business lawyer, this will therefore be his second step as “boss” of the Catalan club, after a very successful first term (between 2003 and 2010), marked by a fine collection of titles (4 Ligas and 2 Champions Leagues ), by some road trips too, quickly forgotten by socios in need of a leader since the resignation of Josep Maria Bartomeu, his predecessor, last October.
Or how to go from the worst president of Barça to the one that many consider to be the best, or in any case the most charismatic since Hans Gamper, the founder of the club.
“It's a heavy responsibility, but I believe I have gained this credibility,” he told us.
The first thing I'm going to do as president?
Greet the club employees.
Then I will go and motivate the first team before their match in Paris.
At 58, the earthy Laporta knows what he wants.
His fate is linked to that of Barça.
After a discreet attempt in politics (he had notably founded a pro-independence party), he did everything to return to the head of a club from which he had left discreetly, tired of the erosion of power.
The "Catalan Kennedy" fan of Messi ... and Dembélé
Unsuccessful candidate in 2015 against Bartomeu, the one called the “Catalan Kennedy” in the early 2000s did not even need to take out the heavy artillery.
The mediocrity of his rivals, Victor Font and Toni Freixa, took care of it itself.
No big names promised (even if Laporta appreciates Haaland, the Borussia Dortmund striker at the highest point), he played it safe in this campaign, focusing on three themes: nostalgia (it was he who had placed a certain Pep Guardiola on the Barcelona bench), economic restructuring in two years (Barça has more than a billion debts) and, above all, the continuity of Lionel Messi, free next June.
The confrontation against PSG, which already approached the Messi clan a few weeks ago, was an opportunity to launch these spat that he particularly likes.
“Paris disrespected Barça by speaking publicly about Messi.
A player (
Editor's note: Neymar and Di Maria did it
) can publicly wish the arrival of the best player in history.
A club, no.
Leonardo was wrong and I think he knows it.
He's a soccer man.
I'm sure PSG got the message right.
"And to plant the foundations for the years to come:" The match in Paris on Wednesday will be my first as president.
I love our new rivalry.
Even if we have two different models: one belongs to his supporters, the other to an emir who puts in money at the end of the season.
Unconditional fan of Ousmane Dembélé in whom he sees a "key" player for the next few years, Joan Laporta has eyes for only one man: the six-fold Golden Ball Lionel Messi.
We always come back to it.
“Messi wants to stay at Barça.
He may have listened to other clubs ... but Leo knows that everything will change on election night.
With me he won titles.
I am credible in his eyes.
No club poses a threat.