Johan Cruyff – who passed away in 2016 – was an icon at the Catalan club and is credited with shaping their modern identity and playing style more than any other individual.
Laporta – who was former Blaugrana president between 2003 and 2010 – is thought to be the frontrunner for the elections, which have been delayed until 7 March.
Cruyff told Cadena Ser’s El Larguero programme, as per El Mundo Deportivo: “I am clear that my father would vote for Laporta. I am also quite clear that I would vote for Laporta.
“Barça and the fans need to feel proud, to feel feared. Former players and players all speak well of Laporta and that is not easy. Xavi himself said that Laporta had been the best president he had ever had. Barcelona fans want to go back to good times. Laporta made bold decisions. People want to feel those feelings of the past again.”
Cruyff, 45, has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou with constant changes in the boardroom – Robert Fernandez and Pep Segura have been among the high-profile departures from similar positions in recent years.