After claiming more votes in Catalonia, Joan Laporta has emerged the new president of Spanish football club Barcelona, Mirror reports.
He was announced winner of Sunday, March 7 election and has pledged to begin negotiations with Argentine star Lionel Messi to remain with the Camp Nou side.
The 33-year-old is out of contract with the Catalans at the end of this season and has been linked with a move away from the club.
Laporta takes control at Camp Nou for the second time and will hope to match the success of his seven-year stint between 2003 and 2010.
The Barcelona native won a resounding 30,184 votes (57.6 per cent) from the club’s members – known as ‘socios.
His two rivals were Victor Font and Toni Freixa, and they received 16,467 (31.8 percent) and 4,769 (9.1 per cent) votes respectively.
OFFICIAL: Joan Laporta has been elected as Barcelona president again.— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 7, 2021
His previous presidency from June 2003 to June 2010 included appointing Pep Guardiola as manager and the sextuple-winning team. pic.twitter.com/UwsiHPu0Uz