Barca election today

Afp, Madrid

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The week that began with the former president in prison will end with a new president in power as Barcelona hope Sunday's elections can be a turning point for a club seemingly locked in crisis.

Joan Laporta, Victor Font and Toni Freixa were all at Camp Nou on Wednesday to see Barca stage a dramatic comeback against Sevilla, overturning a 2-0 deficit in extra-time to reach the final of the Copa del Rey.

But whoever is voted in by Barcelona's 110,000 members has a much tougher 'remontada' to pull off, faced with a club in crippling debt, whose greatest player could be about to leave and whose reputation has been repeatedly dragged through the mud.

To ease the club's gross debts of 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion), the new president will be counting down the days until fans return to the stadium and club shops, but they will have to be creative too.