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Joan Laporta wins Barcelona presidential election

Joan Laporta has won the Barcelona presidential election in a landslide victory as he takes the position for a second time.

Joan Laporta wins Barcelona presidential election

Laporta received over 54 per cent of the vote, seeing off the competition of Victor Font (29.99 per cent) and Toni Freixa (8.58 per cent).

The 58-year-old was previously president at the Catalan club during one of its most successful periods, which saw the team haul in 12 trophies between 2003 and 2010, including a treble achieved by Pep Guardiola at the helm and star player Lionel Messi.

His first port of call as president will be to convince the Argentinian to remain at the club after making public his intention to leave Barcelona last summer.

A number of first team players were pictured casting their vote, alongside former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was among four ex-Barcelona officials arrested following a corruption investigation by Catalan police.

In his pledge to become president once again, Laporta made a number of promises, which included making their academy, La Masia, the focus of sourcing players for the first team once again.

"What can guarantee the club's future is La Masia: we'll present a project with a new methodology to make La Masia a centre of excellence central to our focus," he said.

Additionally, he claimed that he had the best chance of convincing Messi to commit his future to Barcelona, with the 33-year-old's contract due to expire this summer.

Author: Jake Wilkin