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Joan Laporta takes a sigh of relief Gerrard Pique rules out being involved in Barcelona’s next election

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has been given a boos as his most serious competition for Barcelona election, Gerrard Pique, is out of the race.

If Laporta intends to secure a second term, he still has nearly three years remaining before his current mandate ends, with the next elections scheduled for 2026. Laporta has garnered substantial recent popular support, with his charisma often attracting members to rally behind his ideas.

One potential rival who could have jeopardized Laporta’s position is Gerard Pique. Dubbed ‘El President’ during his final years at the club, Pique has long been considered a potential candidate for a leadership role at the club. However, according to Sport, he currently has no intention of pursuing such a role in the near future.

While at the Moto GP circuit at Montmelo, Pique discussed his new life outside of football with one of the club’s directors. The World Cup winner is enjoying his direct involvement in business ventures and is currently not missing football. Reading between the lines, it appears he has no immediate plans to return. Unless Pique has a change of heart, he is unlikely to be part of the club’s next elections.

At just 36 years of age, Pique seems to relish the freedom from the daily commitments of football. Committing to a six-year term in one of the world’s most intense club environments understandably does not seem like an appealing transition after spending two decades as a player. If Laporta indeed intends to seek re-election, this situation should make it much easier for him.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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