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Name Joan Laporta
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Barcelona president [ex]

Affiliation

Org Barcelona FC

2010 04 08 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta, the former Barcelona president, in Recognition of the man who created a style] As a player he [Cruyff] turned football into an art form. Johan came along and revolutionised everything. The modern-day Barça started with him, he is the expression of our identity, he brought us a style of football we love

2014 10 31 Retrieve

[Since the Spanish courts found in his favour earlier in the week, Laporta himself has wasted no time in putting the knife into the Rosell/Bartomeu administration, suggesting at a press conference via ESPN that the ‘legal action was borne of resentment’ and furthermore that] My position is that they [Barcelona board] tell the truth. If they do that, it will be magnificent. The situation has been brought to life by this verdict. Based on what those currently responsible [at Barcelona] have done and are doing, I wouldn’t rule out running in the next election

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta on Thierry Henry] He was charismatic, educated, elegant. Just as he was on the pitch

2015 11 27 Retrieve

[Joan Laporta, the former Barcelona president, in Like Cruyff in his time, Messi is the best in history] You really have to put things in their context and their historic moment. For me, my idol was always Johan Cruyff. For me he has always been the greatest, not just as a player but also as a person. […] He has been a point of reference for me. It was his era, his moment - and he was the best in the world. For me, the best in history

2016 12 03 Retrieve

[Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals that the club could have signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003] We had signed Ronaldinho, Rafael Marquez and Ricardo Quaresma. We were in a process of reconstruction throughout the whole club. [Ronaldo] was at Sporting at the time, before Manchester United, and we were speaking with his agent who wanted to sell us Deco. We said that we couldn’t because we weren’t able to [spend that much at the time], so he told us he had another really good kid. It was Ronaldo. He had a deal with United for €19 million, but we were offered him for €17 million

2019 01 24 Retrieve

[A heroic gesture. Laporta broke club tradition to good effect and, knowingly or not, promoted the value of goodwill under the name of FC Barcelona and Catalonia] If you look at our history, this is a club that has always represented the values of citizenship, sport and democracy in the Catalan capital

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Laporta praises Barcelona’s players who agreed to a 70 percent reduction in their wages and criticises Bartomeu] Confinement is bringing the best out of us in seeing the solidarity and commitment of the Barcelona players. Congratulations, you’re top guys. #BartomeuOut