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Joan Laporta is the favorite to return to a second term as president of Barcelona, with only three candidates maintaining their electoral hopes
Three candidates compete for the presidency of Barcelona after the withdrawal of Emili Rousaud from the electoral process.
Rousaud announced Thursday that he is no longer in the frame to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who left office in October.
Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa are the trio of candidates competing for the presidency.
Laporta had 9,625 validated signatures, while there were 4,431 and 2,634 for Font and Freixa respectively in the process of validation for elections to be held on Sunday, January 24.
Jordi Farre, Xavier Vilajoana, Agusti Benedito, Luis Fernandez Ala and Pere Riera had previously been withdrawn from the race after failing to meet the 2,257 signature threshold.
Rousaud had said that he no longer wants to be involved in a “dirty war” for the right to succeed Bartomeu.
Brand He quoted him saying: “It was a day of impressive dignity because, to my surprise, the majority decision was not to accept joining another candidacy, because we cannot tolerate the dirty war and we prefer to stay out.
“Our sporting and economic proposals were the best.”
Laporta is considered the big favorite to return to office, having previously held the presidency during a golden age for Barça, which won four La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns.
The candidate, as he revealed to objective, has two priorities for a second presidency: expanding the Camp Nou and making sure Lionel Messi is there to see it.
“I wish we could celebrate the 125th anniversary at the new Camp Nou and with Leo with us. The issue of the stadium is not easy because it takes two years to build it.
“The Leo theme is easier than the stadium. It would be very nice to get to this anniversary with Messi, it would be a good fireworks finale.”
When asked why he is the best placed man to convince Messi to remain on Barca’s books, Laporta replied: “Because I am telling the truth, I am the one with the most experience and determination, as well as the most credibility in their eyes. I am proud that you tell me that everything I told you came true.
This gives me a position and, if I am the president of Barcelona, and that is one of the reasons, I will see what I can offer him within the possibilities of the club in terms of finances and what interests Leo from a sporting perspective.
“He wants to win the Champions League again with Barça and we have to make him see that it will be possible.”