Joan Laporta – Barca Board must resign for miracles to happen again

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has shown interest in contesting as Barcelona’s president, only if the current board resigns in the future.

The 54-year-old also expressed his anger towards the club leaders, accusing them of being a bunch of intoxicated and manipulative liars.

Image shows Joan Laporta and former Barca coach Pep Guardiola.

Laporta, a Spanish politician former football manager who controlled affairs at Camp Nou between 2003 to 2010, lost his 2015 presidential election campaign to Josep Maria Bartomeu.

During his reign as the club’s president, the professional lawyer [he graduated from the University of Barcelona and owns Laporta & Arbó] made history after winning 6 trophies in one calendar year (2009).

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Speaking with The Guardian in an interview, he said: “If the board resigned now, I’d definitely stand for an election.

“The problem is [the current board’s mandate] ends in 2021. If they went now, I’d stand. But if they continue for three, four years, I don’t think so.

“We all have our moment. Right now, it’s still fresh to me, but if it goes on longer, I’d like a candidate I can look at and think: ‘Yes, this is the one.’

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“Renewal’s always necessary. I’d like someone with clear ideas, a model I can share, a person I can trust.

“We left them [Rosell, Bartomeu] the greatest Barca in the club’s history and they spent their time destroying it.

“Barcelona has been kidnapped. It’s hostage to the intoxication, manipulation and lies [of this board] and it’s sad.

“I’m demanding they resign. If they had any shame they’d resign; if they had any shame, they’d have gone when they did a deal with the public prosecutor to make the club, not them, liable in the Neymar case.”

Laporta’s reign as Barca president in the 2003-04 season marked a watershed in the club’s history. Las Blaugranas had played second fiddle to Real Madrid, having been without trophies since 1999.

The club started a new phase in their management style and football standards following Frank Rihkaard’s arrival as coach at the same time.

Ronaldinho also joined the club during Laporta’s successful reign as president.

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Before his arrival, Barcelona had a long history of avoiding shirt sponsors but not until 2006 when he announced a five-year agreement with UNICEF.

Barca accepted to donate €1.5 million in order to have the UNICEF logo on their shirts.

On his exit, the new club’s management signed contracts with Qatar Foundation and later with Qatar Airways – which attracted so much criticisms.

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