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Joan Laporta officially becomes the Blaugrana’s President following a simple swear-in ceremony to take up the mantle of leadership with the Calatan based club, in his second coming after a first spell between the year 2003-2010 marked with great sporting success both off and on the field.

After the €124.6million financial guarantee was ratified by LaLiga, Laporta won the recent election after an excruciating months-long delay with 30,184 of the 55,611 votes cast were able to assume the reign following the handling of powers from the Managing Commission led by Carles Tusquets.

With Joan Laporta and Barcelona faced with the reality of huge financial challenges within the context of the pandemic, as he faces yet another six years term in office. It would be quite interesting to see how Laporta would drag the Blaugrana out of the financial challenges and somewhat institutional collapse they’ve found themselves.

Here are 5 most important assignments for Joan Laporta

The 2019-20 season ended in a disastrous and disappointing manner for the Blaugrana, with the 8-2 mauling in the hands of ‘Die Roten’ Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The crisis in the club started unraveling one after another, with all of the issues plaguing the club from within began to come to the fore under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu who was forced to resign.

While the crisis eating the club deeply seems to be degrading the institutional reputation the Blaugrana has built over the years, there were calls for change from the fans, key players of the club, and most importantly the biggest player in the club’s history Messi.

The former President Josep Maria Bartomeu left a huge task for the new President to surmount, among them is huge financial debt, gross mismanagement, a failed sports project of the club, and failure in protecting the club’s identity as a historical institution in transfer dealings.

Healing Mistrust Among Board Of Directors

For Laporta to hit the ground running and to create a sane environment for another successful regime as the Barcelona President, he needs to first heal the deep mistrust among the club’s board of directors. And to some extent the players, for them to trust in his leadership skill and work hand in hand as one great family as we saw in his first coming.

Koeman’s Continuity As Barcelona’s Manager

As a leader who’s got a crucial decision to make, such a leader has to tread with caution. In other words, Joan Laporta in his statement concerning Ronald Koeman’s future :

“We have to respect Koeman who has a contract. He’s a Barcelona great and deserves all our respect, although results and performances count. The current situation requires experience”.

Laporta needs to come to conclusion on whether the Dutchman would continue as the gaffer of the club once he sees out his contract or he would be replaced with another manager.

Although since the exit of former Real Betis manager Quique Setien, the Dutchman has been able to steady the ship from sinking further even though he couldn’t conjure enough magic to help the Catalan giants go past Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League, they’re still very much in the race for the LaLiga title.

READ ALSO: Barcelona Transfer Policy & Its Impacts On The Club’s Philosophy

Aside from been dumped out of the Champions League, Koeman has since done quite a remarkable job with the Barcelona team, despite taking up a somewhat fragmented squad.

5 Must Do Assignments For Joan Laporta

Barcelona make a huge title statement with a sensational win against Sociedad

Should Barcelona finish second or third in LaLiga and go on to win the Copa del Rey final which would be their record 31st cup title, then it could be said to some extent that Koeman has achieved success with a squad that looked derailed of hunger to win under Setien.

Messi’s Contract Renewal

It’s no longer news that Messi is on the brink of leaving Camp Nou once his contract run-out in June, having spent his entire football career with the Catalan giant. With Laporta on board, especially a President who is known for his on and off-field achievements, the Argentine might call off his decision and stay back at Barcelona should Laporta tick all the necessary boxes that would make the team captain stay.

Considering the financial challenges Joan Laporta has to sort out, and bearing in mind the astronomical amount of money involved in Messi’s contract, it would be quite difficult to offer the 6 time Ballon d’Or winner such a juicy contract especially when the club is financially handicapped.

5 Must Do Assignments For Joan Laporta

However, it would be interesting to see what kind of deal Laporta would offer Messi, not forgetting that other notable teams in Europe are also lurking around to sign the Argentine should he opt to leave Barcelona for a new environment and a new challenge away from the four walls of Nou Camp.

On the other hand, if there is any person that could convince Messi to stay is no other than Laporta, based on the illustrious past and pre-existing relationship with the captain.  The new president certainly has what it takes to convince Messi to achieve yet another success.

Solving The Club’s Financial Debt

In Barcelona’s 122-year-old history as an institution, they’ve never been faced with a financial crisis like the one they’re currently in. Under the leadership of former President, the Blaugrana entered into a staggering debt of €1.173billion with over 700million of the debt in the short term.

With Laporta appointed as the new President, he’s expected to solve the debt of the club and put an end to the global disgrace the former administration caused the club through financial mismanagement.

How Laporta would achieve this great challenge would be quite a task, but then his years of experience as a former president would be of great advantage.

Joan Laporta once said he believes that he could reverse the situation by increasing sponsorship revenues and raising over €200millon from commercial rights sales. He also mentioned that he has options like the Barcelona Digital Hub, improving the Barcelona Studios Platforms which could bring in more cash, with all of these in mind then Laporta needs to swing into action as soon as possible.

Recruitment Of Quality Players & Investing In La Masia

With the 2020-21 football season already coasting home, there is definitely a need for the Blaugrana President to fix the on-field sporting issue affecting the team. Laporta, without doubt, would be faced with tough decisions with regards to off-loading some certain players to cut cost, but then on the other hand it is necessary in order to raise funds for new players

With four to five players needed to beef up the strength of the team and to also help Barcelona bring back the Champions League title that has eluded them since 2015. The good news is the imminent arrival of Eric Garcia from Manchester City that could prove valuable for the team in solving their somewhat defensive woe.

Another area that also needs swift attention is the defensive face of the midfield, where the aging Sergio Busquets plays, although the lack of immediate funds to initiate all of these transfers is no doubt a massive issue for Laporta.

However, for the team to compete in LaLiga and Europe as the Barcelona of old, hence the President really needs to tick all boxes in making sure they recruit quality players.

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Since the exit of Luis Suarez in an acrimonious manner, the Blaugrana haven’t really experienced a brilliant in and out striker who could deliver the goals. As such there’s a need for real replacement for the striking position of the team, in order to take off the burden of relying on Messi to bail them out in difficult moments.

One name that certainly comes to mind in fixing that striking position is Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland, but then Barca should be battle-ready for financial power from top elite clubs in Europe such as Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

However, with Laporta’s cordial relationship with the Norwegian agent, then Barcelona surely has a chance of bringing him to the Nou Camp to spearhead the second era of Laporta.

5 Must Do Assignments For Joan Laporta

Signing ready-made stars shouldn’t be the main focus of the new administrator under Laporta’s watch, it’s also very important that he invest in the club’s talents producing academy “La Masia”.

Over the years La Masia is known as the famous conveyor belt that served up generations of supremely talented youngsters who have carved out and turn world-class with impressive careers in the game.

La Masia’s graduates are steeped in the culture of the club and the idea is to develop a sort of familial bond from the lowest age group right up to the senior team. But in recent times the academy seems not to be interested in producing talents anymore except for a few. More attention needs to be paid to the academy that has the capability of producing quality players for the club.

Should Laporta be able to tick all of these boxes in his second coming, then Barcelona are in for a brilliant time under his leadership once again.

 

 

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3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

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The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.

The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.

Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues

  • Paulinho

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.

Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.

He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.

The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.

In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.

Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.

Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”

  • Iago Aspas

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.

After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.

At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.

In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.

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  • Diego Forlan

3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere

Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.

Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.

Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.

In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.

The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.

With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.

Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.

Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.

 

Conclusion

There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.

These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.

 

 

 

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Ligue 1 no doubt harbors quite a number of talented players, as such it’s quite understandable for those considered to be world-class players among them to cash out hugely on what they earn at the end of the month.

As of late, the players’ salaries have given indications of solid development, on account of the tremendous income pouring into the game. The fierce rivalry between the country’s top football clubs has brought the nature of the competition higher than ever. The league has more than its own fair share of highly paid players.

Here is a rundown of the top 15 highest-paid players in the Ligue 1

  • Neymar Jr – (Paris Saint Germain, – €3.06 Per Month )

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Behind Ronaldo and Messi, the Brazilian forward is regarded as the third-best player in world football since moving from Santos to Barcelona in 2013 for a deal reported worth €86.2million.

After apparently growing and widening his status as a footballer with his achievement on and off the pitch, it was evident that the former Puskas Award winner would go on to attract top elite clubs.

With the Parisian club brimming with a lot of cash to flex muscles with high spending clubs, it was just a matter of time before Neymar would join them. Fast forward to 2017, the Selecao captain signed for PSG for a world record transfer fee worth €222million, and since then he’s been an important figure of both the club and their project.

Amidst transfer rumors of him returning to his old home Barcelona, plus the fact that the Parisian are also ready to offer him a new deal that would tie him down with the French side for at least another three seasons.

  • Kylian Mbappe – (Paris Saint Germain, € 1.91m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

As a World Cup winner and one of the best prospects in world football, it’s quite understandable for Mbappe to be among the highest-paid players in Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain. The 2018 World Cup winner burst into the scene as a young player for Monaco, making his professional debut in 2015 at the age of 15.

The Frenchman signed for the Parisian club in 2017 on loan, which was later made permanent in 2018. He has shown to be a great prospect for both the club and their project in dominating the Ligue 1 and also flex muscles with the top clubs in Europe.

His permanent transfer to Paris Saint Germain is reported to be worth €180million, making him both the second most expensive player and most expensive teenager. Since joining the Ligue 1 Champions permanently, the 22-year-old has scored over 120 goals for the Parisian club.

However, amidst the rumor of Real Madrid prepping up to break the bank in their quest to bring him down to the Bernabeu, the World Cup winner is still actively the second biggest earner in the league and of course Paris Saint Germain.

READ ALSO: Top 10 Highest Paid Premier League Players As Of 2020/21

  • Correa Marquinhos & Marco Verratti – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.2m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since the departure of top players such as Edinson Cavani, Zlatan, and recently Thiago Silva, Marquinhos’s status has risen from being a mere squad player in the dressing room into a leader, captain, and one of the best gladiator of the club.

As a 19-year-old teenager, the Brazilian was signed in 2013 on a five-year deal by Paris Saint Germain from AS Roma for a fee of around €31.4million. And as reported by BBC Sport, the deal was said to be the highest transfer fee for a teenager then, while Sky also reports it to be the then fifth highest transfer.

The current form of the Brazilian makes him rank as one of Europe’s most valuable players, most especially as a player who is currently plying his trade with the best team in France.

According to the transfer market rating, Marquinhos market value currently stands at €70million, as such with his years of experience and playing over 313 matches for the Parisian, it’s no surprise that the club captain takes home €1.2m per month tied with the Italian on the same amount.

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As for the Italian, he’s also been a very instrumental player for the team since joining the club nine years ago. There have always been rumors concerning his future, either joining Barcelona or go back to Italy, but as it stands his current contract with Paris Saint Germain would expire in 2024.

  • Angel Di Maria – (Paris Saint Germain, €1.1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

Since joining the Parisian for €63million after a disappointing stint with Manchester United in 2015, the Argentine winger has continued to prove to the world that he’s still one of the best players in football since leaving Real Madrid.

Di Maria isn’t just rank among the highest earner for doing nothing, he earns his pay through his brilliant performances over the years since joining them, accumulating a total of 251 appearances scoring over 88 goals and 104 assists.

The former Real Madrid winger may not stay in the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain for three years or more, as he’s already moving close to the end of his career. However, with his deal still running that makes him the fourth-highest earner in the league.

  • Keylor Navas – (Paris Saint Germain, €1m Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

When Navas joined Madrid from Levante in the summer of 2014, no one ever thought he’s going to achieve quite a number of success with Los Blancos based on where he was coming from and his antecedent as a goalkeeper.

After a successful stint with Los Merengues, the imminent arrival of Thibaut Courtois means the Costa Rican goalkeeper days at Real Madrid are numbered.

With his achievement at Real Madrid, it was evident that the Costa Rican won’t find it hard to get good European suitor to come by, as such Paris Saint Germain came calling for his services in 2019 having been told he won’t be Real Madrid number one going forward into the new season.

Following Navas’s move to the French capital, it means his salary would be on the high side based on his achievement and reputation as a Champions League winner with arguably the biggest club in Europe.

As a Paris Saint Germain player, he earns €1m per month, making the Costa Rican one of the highest-paid players in Ligue 1

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  • Mauro Icardi – (Paris Saint Germain, €800,000 Per Month)

Top 15 Highest Paid Players In Ligue 1

The imminent departure of El Matador when Icardi joined Paris Saint Germain on loan means the responsibility of goalscoring would be on the shoulder of the Argentine. The former Inter Milan forward made his loan permanent with the PSG following a strong start in Paris.

The Argentine and controversy certainly go hand in hand based on his antecedent with his previous clubs. Everywhere he goes he has always shown he could lead the line perfectly, and since he joined the Parisian permanently no report of controversy has been recorded concerning the former Nerazzurri captain.

Icardi may not be the poster boy of PSG just like his days at Inter, that doesn’t make him less of a player in the dressing room among other star players like Neymar and Mbappe who are no doubt the face of the club.

  • Leandro Paredes – (Paris Saint Germain, €750,000 Per Month)
    Juan Bernat – (Paris Saint Germain, €700,000 Per Month)
    Presnel Kimpembe – (Paris Saint Germain, €670,000 Per Month)
    Ander Herrera – (Paris Saint Germain, €650,000 Per Month)
    Wissam Ben Yedder – (Monaco, €650,000 Per Month)
    Cesc Fabregas – (Monaco, €600,000 Per Month)
    Julian Draxler – (Paris Saint Germain, €600,000 Per Month)
    Idrissa Guaye – (Paris Saint Germain, €500,000 Per Month)

 

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