Barcelona presidential favourite Joan Laporta stirs controversy with comments in viral clip

Joan Laporta stirred controversy on Sunday evening, appearing in a video that went viral on social media where he appeared to ask an underage girl to call him when she turns 18. Laporta is the favourite in the Barcelona presidential election that has taken place today, with results expected to come in tonight.

Lionel Messi’s future has been a key feature of the debates leading up to the election, with each candidate professing their ambition to retain the Argentine star beyond the expiration of his current deal this coming summer. Of the three, Laporta is best placed to do so, it would seem. It was under his presidency, which ran from 2003 to 2010, that Messi broke into the Barcelona first team, and he’s traded heavily on his strong personal bond with him throughout the lead-up to the election.

Laporta was asked about Messi’s future while casting his vote this morning and revealed that he’ll waste no time in speaking with his father to resolve his future. “Why tomorrow? I can speak tonight, the night is long,” he said according to a report in Mundo Deportivo. On the pitch, things are looking up for Barcelona, and the election comes at a moment of optimism for a club that’s endured a tough 12 months. Last night’s defeat of Osasuna has closed the gap to league leaders Atletico Madrid to just two points, while youngsters like Ilaix Moriba, Pedri and Ansu Fati have shined under the tutelage of coach Ronald Koeman.

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3 Comments

  1. John Wilbur says:

    The girl asked Laporta for a job…click bait article alert

  2. Joseph Dunn says:

    Maybe she asked him for a job with his law firm or within his political office. Not trying to justify anything unseemly but there are other possible explanations than just just assuming the worst one. Can we try not to rush to judgement before the man offers his explanation?

  3. Oriol says:

    This is fake news, the girl is not underage, she is 30 years old. She has already tweeted explaining this: https://twitter.com/martabafo90/status/1368660286253772808?s=19

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