Font urges Barca to pick him as their new president instead of Laporta

‘We have to build the club for the future – we can’t go back to 2003’: Victor Font urges Barcelona to pick him as their new president instead of rival Joan Laporta who is seeking a second term at Nou Camp

  • Victor Font is battling Joan Laporta to be Barcelona’s new club president
  • Laporta has held this position before during a seven-year spell between 2003-10
  • Much-maligned Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned as Barca president in October 

Victor Font had laid down the gauntlet to candidacy rival Joan Laporta by insisting Barcelona must ‘confront the nostalgia’ of his previous reign as president and go in a new direction by selecting him.

The two are battling out to become the Catalan giants new club president following Josep Bartomeu’s resignation in October.

Font has never been president of Barca before but Laporta has – enjoying a seven-year spell at the Nou Camp between 2003-10.

Victor Font has urged Barcelona to choose him as their new president instead of Joan Laporta

Candidacy foe Laporta is currently ahead in the polls and was club president between 2003-10

Laporta’s tenure coincided with Barcelona’s greatest period in their history as they transitioned into the world’s best side under Pep Guardiola.

But with that period almost 11 years ago, Font has urged the club to not look back and go forward with him in charge.

Laporta is currently ahead in the polls but Font is not fazed.

‘That’s why we ask for time to compare models. We’re talking about an ex-president (of the club) known by everyone, and the memories of his mandate evoke good moments,’ he told Sport.

‘For that reason, it’s normal that he’s the favourite. But we’re talking about a poll taken on December 19, when everything started more or less.

‘Now we have to confront the nostalgia with the future. We all like to remember the good times, the 2-6, the manita… But we have to build the club for the future and we can’t go back to 2003, when there was a whole team that is now no more.

‘At the moment Barca does not need memories of the past but someone with experience in management. We can’t hand the mandate over to people without experience in these situations.’

Josep Maria Bartomeu walked away as president in October after being heavily scrutinised

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