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Sandro Rosell delighted as he wins Barcelona presidency

Sandro Rosell is the new president of Barcelona.

Rosell has been confirmed as the new president of Barcelona after receiving more than 61% of the vote in today's elections.

A poll by TV3 and Radio Catalunya had earlier revealed the 46 year-old to be the runaway leader in the race to succeed Joan Laporta.

The former Barca vice-president scooped 61.34% of the overall share, having been voted in by more than 35,000 socios.

Agusti Benedito came second, with 14.09% of the vote followed by Marc Ingla (12.29%) and Jaume Ferrer (10.80%).

Barca's honorary president Johan Cruyff voted, as did coach Pep Guardiola.

"This dream has been made possible by many people," Rosell said.

"All of those that have voted, whoever they voted for, also my family, my friends and all of the volunteers who have supported me in my candidacy - thank you."

Rosell served as vice-president under Laporta for two years, but resigned in 2005 because he believed the Barca chief was failing to stick to his original model for the running of the club.

Rosell was key to bringing players such as Ronaldinho and Deco to the club and has remained popular with fans.

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