Joan Laporta set to be Barcelona’s new president1 min read
Sources in Spain are predicting a strong win for Joan Laporta in the 2021 Barcelona presidential elections based on early exit polls.
Barcelona club members have gone to the polls in record numbers to elect their new president, with a confirmed decision expected overnight.
However, according to a projection from Spanish TV station TV3, Laporta is in line to return to the top job at the Camp Nou with a vote share of 58%.
Laporta was elected as the 38th President of the Catalan giants in 2003, serving during the bulk of Pep Guardiola‘s golden era at the helm, before being succeeded by Sandro Rossell in 2010.
The 58-year old has pledged to guarantee a transfer war chest for boss Ronald Koeman ahead of the 2021/22 season alongside prioritising a new deal for captain Lionel Messi.
He claimed he would begin negotiations with Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, within 24 hours, if he is elected as president.
Laporta’s rivals Victor Font and Toni Freixa are projected to respectively receive 31% and 9% of the final vote, as per TV3.