11 Jan Laporta main approach as listing of Barcelona presidential candidates lowered to 4
The race to develop into the subsequent Barcelona president has been whittled down to only 4 candidates, with Joan Laporta main the best way with extra help than his three rivals put collectively.
Monday marked the deadline for the 9 presidential hopefuls handy within the signatures that they had obtained from membership members, with 2,257 wanted to make polling day on Jan. 24.
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Laporta, who was the Barca president between 2003 and 2010, led the best way with 10,257 signatures, corroborating his tag because the favorite to succeed Josep Maria Bartomeu, who stepped down in October.
Victor Font handed in 4,710 signed kinds at Camp Nou shortly after Laporta and is anticipated to be the closest challenger when membership members vote within the election later this month.
Former board member Toni Freixa (2,821 signatures) and ex-vice president Emili Rousaud (2,510) additionally made the minimize.
The signatures should now be validated and Barca will affirm on Thursday if all 4 candidates have been in a position to current the two,257 signatures required to face within the election.
Jordi Farre, who promised free pizzas in trade for signatures, Xavi Vilajoana, Lluis Fernandez Ala, Agusti Benedito and Pere Riera all failed to collect sufficient help.
Ale Moreno asks the query after Barcelona’s distinctive win: Why would not this occur extra typically for Barca?
Laporta’s first spell as Barca president is remembered fondly in Catalonia. He oversaw the appointment of Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi’s development into the primary team and the six-trophy calendar 12 months in 2009.
He informed Football4cast in December that the “belief” he has with Messi offers him the benefit over the opposite candidates on the subject of persuading the ahead to increase his contract on the membership past the tip of June.
Messi’s future shall be one of many details of rivalry between now and voting day, with Font additionally telling Football4cast that he is assured he can persuade the Argentine to remain put.
Nonetheless, Font’s hopes additionally hinge on his pledge to deliver again former midfielder Xavi Hernandez, at first as basic supervisor and later as coach.