Eleven years later, the Catalan businessman returns to preside over FC Barcelona. Laporta started as a favorite and with 54.28% of the votes, 30,184 votes, he is the most voted candidate ahead of Víctor Font and Toni Freixa. The elections to the Presidency and Board of Directors have had a 50.42% participation, 55,611 members of the 110,290 members have exercised their right to vote.
Joan Laporta, new president of FC Barcelona, has before him various challenges to take on. The first and most urgent is to clean up the club’s accounts, it is currently going through the worst economic crisis in its history. The other big question is whether Laporta will be able to retain the Argentine star at the club. In addition to forming a new team that hopes and gets titles like in the past.
Leo Messi, exercises his vote for the first time
For the first time in history it has been possible to vote by mail, and so have 20,663 members. In person, 35,013 members have done so, including Leonel Messi, who has cast his vote for the first time as a FC Barcelona member. Other players and former president Josep Maria Bartomeu have also exercised their right to vote.
For the first time in history, the elections have been held in a decentralized way, in six polling stations, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Tortosa and Andorra. The FC Barcelona elections should have been held on January 24, but were postponed due to municipal confinement and the increase in infections after Christmas.
The resignation of Bartomeu
After six years as president, on October 27, Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Barcelona board of directors resigned before the motion of censure that was to be held on November 1 and 2 at the Camp Nou. The Més que una moció platform managed to gather around 20,000 partner signatures.