Joan Laporta believes FC Barcelona exists because of Mexican and American fans
FC Barcelona put on a brilliant performance in the Gamper Trophy to kick off the 2022/23 season with a 6-0 win over Liga MX club Pumas UNAM. Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal with La Liga and was named MVP of the game, his first accolade at his new club.
Before the game broadcast from TUDN, Barcelona President Joan Laporta spoke to former FC Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov about the influence Mexican and American fans have on the club. “We owe Mexico and the United States. Barça exists because of the pre-season tour they did in the summer of 1937,‘ Laporta said.
“It was strange because thanks to this tour the club was able to make a lot of money and they put it into an account in Paris and that saved the club. We were in serious danger of selling the club and we had to use emergency funds to keep Barcelona afloat and the money from the tour helped‘ added Laporta.
Will Barça return to Mexico?
The La Liga side are returning from a pre-season tour of the United States and have played four exhibition games. Barcelona played against Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus and the NY Red Bulls before returning to Spain to prepare for the start of the season. All the matches were played in different cities in the US and all the stadiums were full, giving Barcelona a very positive income.
Laporta also spoke about the possibility of Barça returning to Mexico for a pre-season tour for all the fans in that country, saying the chances are high. “We have to do something in Mexico because there are many competitive teams. The last time we played there was against Jubilee Club America and against Emilio Azcarraga [the owner of the La Liga side] organized this event. We only played one game and will have to return soon.”