Marcela Topor, wife of Carles Puigdemont, a leading figure in Catalan politics, tweeted her support for Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta according to a report in Mundo Deportivo. Laporta is already the favourite for the election set for 7 March. With Barcelona as an institution carrying such weight in ideas of Catalan independence, it’s a backing of significance.
— Marcela Topor (@ToporMarcela) March 5, 2021
The elections come at a crucial moment in Barcelona’s history. The club want to secure Lionel Messi, whose contract expires this summer and is wanted badly by Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. It’s imperative that whoever is elected can produce a sporting vision that could compel the Argentine to stay at Barcelona and write the final chapter of his career there.
Laporta already has a relationship with Messi, having been president when he broke through at Camp Nou. Laporta’s previous reign ran from 2003 to 2010, a period in which he recruited Ronaldinho, brought in Pep Guardiola as coach and played a key role in building the greatest team in the club’s history. This past weight is invaluable as he battles Victor Font and Toni Freixa in this election.