Joan Laporta has been announced as the new president of FC Barcelona after winning the club's election on Sunday.
Laporta, 58, takes control at Camp Nou for the second time and will hope to match the success of his seven-year stint between 2003 and 2010.
The Barcelona native won a resounding 30,184 votes (57.6 per cent) from the club's members – known as 'socios' – to confirm a landslide victory in the election which came as no surprise following the exit polls.
His two rivals were Victor Font and Toni Freixa, and they received 16,467 (31.8 percent) and 4,769 (9.1 per cent) votes respectively.
Laporta's first reign brought seven major honours to Camp Nou and coincided with Lionel Messi's rise from the academy to the first team.
The new president has pledged to open new contract negotiations with Messi and his agent and father, Jorge, within 24 hours of his election.
Messi is out of contract this summer but Laporta has made no secret of his desire to tie down Barca's captain to a new deal.
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"I will do everything possible for Messi to stay," he told Sky Sport Italia last month.
"Messi should be valued with the affection he deserved and with a suitable financial package, but it's not about money.
"He needs a winning sporting proposal, Leo wants to win again with Barcelona. I know him well, I have a good personal relationship with him.
"He is not someone that is here for the money. He will need a competitive sporting offer because he's a winner."
It remains to be seen if Laporta's election will be enough to convince Messi to sign a new deal amid heavy interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Laporta has guaranteed Barca boss Ronald Koeman a sizeable war chest for transfers this summer, despite the club's debts totalling an eye-watering £1.1billion.
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