The 52-year-old will be in power for the next
six years after seeing off the challenge of Joan
Laporta, who finished in second place
Josep Maria Bartomeu has been re-elected as
Barcelona president for the next six years after
claiming 54.63% of the vote in Saturday's
election, with nearest challenger Joan Laporta
Bartomeu, who resigned last month as an
interim board took charge during the election
period, will return to office and begin to
implement some of the promises made in his
campaign after fighting off the competition.
The 52-year-old, who took over in 2014
following Sandro Rosell's resignation, had
placed a lot of importance on keeping the
current sponsorship agreement with Qatar
Airways in place, despite being seen as
controversial by many.
Bartomeu was the only one of the final four
candidates to make such a pledge, with the
others all in favour of bringing the deal to a
close, despite the €50 million it generates
for the club per season.
Despite overseeing one of the most successful
seasons in the club's history during the
2014-15 campaign, with Luis Enrique's men
winning the treble, Bartomeu has been a figure
of controversy at Camp Nou.
The entrepreneur previously worked alongside
Rosell during a turbulent time for the club, as
they were accused of various indiscretions
involving the Neymar transfer, before Barca
were also hit with a transfer ban for breaking
regulations regarding signing youth players.
However, it has been his closeness and
working relationship with Luis Enrique that
supposedly encouraged many fans to vote for
Bartomeu, with the likes of Laporta reportedly
looking to sign players that the coach may not
have wanted in the first place.
Barca confirmed that 47,270 votes were cast in