The race to become the next president of Barcelona just lit on fire. Before and during the resignation of Josep Bartomeu, Victor Font was the face of the elections, which had to be held in the last week of January. However, since legendary former president Joan Laporta announced his decision to run for the spot as well, the see-saw has seen a change in tide.
Font had announced the late Johann Cruyff’s son Jordi Cruyff as his director of football if and when he takes over. In an interesting turn of events, though, Jordi released a statement saying that his father would vote for Laporta. Consequently, Font called for a press conference, which started with a bang.
“I helped get rid of Bartomeu while Laporta was in a hammock all summer.”, said the candidate. This statement comes on the back of Laporta’s decision to officially join the race late, and almost too casually while Font had been planning for months.
Naturally, given Laporta’s gargantuan success and the connections he has with players and agents, he has taken the lead in polls. Additionally, his power-move to host a banner near the Santiago Bernabeu received huge plaudits among the fanbase and from Font himself. At this point, the elections seem to be a mere formality for Tony Freixa and Font.
To add fuel to Font’s fire, several reports released today also stated that the only way Lionel Messi was going to stay at the club was if Laporta was elected president. The two have shared various achievements together, including lifting the elusive sextuple in 2009.
While Laporta and Font have partaken in several heart-warming exchanges on social media and in press conferences, the former has not shied away from taking subtle hints at the latter. In fact, he said that he did not want to destabilise the club by releasing names for his project mid-way through the season, hinting that Font has proved to be a nuisance for the club in the transfer market. That said, Julian Nagelsmann and Ralf Ragnick are among names linked to the Spaniard’s scheme.
Source: El Curubito