Former Barcelona President Joan Laporta has announced his candidacy for the club’s Presidential elections, saying he wants to make it ‘a club for everyone again.’
Laporta held the Catalan club’s top position from 2003 to 2010, during which time they won four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
Speaking in a video on YouTube, the 52-year-old outlined his vision for another term as President.
“Hello everyone, as you know, I’m standing for the elections at Barca,” he said.
“I’m doing so to get the club back to once again being a club for everyone. I must say that I feel more prepared than ever to lead the club.
“I have more experience – I have faults, as most of you know, but I maintain the same principles.
“For me Barcelona is ‘more than a club’, it is a declaration of principles based on the [Johann] Cruyff model, La Masia, Catalonia, Unicef, a multi-sport club and professional organisation that makes this model work and during my campaign I will defend this club model.
“For many years I’ve received the support of many Barcelona fans – I thank you wholeheartedly and this is one of the reasons why I am standing again.
“Now the time has come for truth and we need more than ever the support of all of you. We must do this campaign in order for the club to again be for everyone.
“Thank you and long live Barca and Catalonia!”