Laporta announced that he would run in the upcoming elections on Monday
Joan Laporta announced on Monday what was already an open secret: that he will once again stand to become the Barcelona president.
Laporta revealed his intentions in a press conference at the historic Hospital de Sant Pau. He was previously the Barça president between 2003 and 2010.
Explaining his reasons for running, he said: "I want to bring back happiness to Barcelonismo. Appealing to the spirit of hard work, enthusiasm, drive and affection for the colours, it is with great honour that I announce my candidacy for the Barcelona presidency.
"I do so because I love Barça, the supporters, La Masia, the club. I want to serve Barça again. We are ready. We have the experience and the necessary preparation to make the changes that are needed."
Laporta added that he has a plan to help solve the club's financial problems and also said he hopes to convince Lionel Messi to stay, although he steered clear from announcing possible signings or big-name appointments.