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OFFICIAL: Joan Laporta elected Barcelona president

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A big win for the hot favorite

FBL-ESP-BARCELONA-ELECTION Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images

Joan Laporta has been confirmed as Barcelona’s new president after beating Toni Freixa and Victor Font in Sunday’s election.

The 58-year-old, who was the hot favorite to replace the departed Josep Maria Bartomeu, collected 54.28% of the vote, finishing ahead of Font on 29.99% and Freixa on 8.58%.

It is of course the second time that Laporta has been elected president, having previously been at the helm of the club between 2003-2010.

Laporta wasted no time celebrating his victory and is already thinking about Wednesday’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol was one of the first to congratulate Laporta on his win. He tweeted: “Congratulations @JoanLaportaFC. Luck and success. Great picture watching the three candidates together.@tonifreixa @victor_font. Long live Barça.”