Plot Thickens As Perez Recordings Target Ronaldo, Mourinho

In this file photo taken on December 3, 2018 Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez poses upon arrival at the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.  FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Spanish online daily El Confidencial on Wednesday followed up a batch of audio recordings of Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez disparaging two former club legends with similar outbursts on former star Cristiano Ronaldo and former coach Jose Mourinho.

The latest quotes follow publication by El Confidencial on Tuesday of older recordings dating from 2006 in which Perez called club legends Raul and Iker Casillas “the two biggest Real Madrid frauds.”

In the second set of quotes Perez attacks Ronaldo, who won a huge haul of trophies with  Real between 2009 and 2018, including four Champions Leagues.

“He is mad. This guy is an imbecile, sick. You think this guy is normal — he’s not or else he wouldn’t do all the things he does,” Perez said in the latest comments to an unidentified person, the latest of which dates from 2012.

Perez also hits out at Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes who represents both Ronaldo and Mourinho, who sat in the Real dugout from 2010 to 2013.

“Mendes has no control over him (Ronaldo) and it’s the same with Mourinho — none at all,” said Perez.

“Even for interviews, they don’t listen to him. These are two guys with terrible egos, spoilt the pair of them, who don’t see the reality because they could both earn a lot more money if they did  things were different.

“They are both abnormal because we are talking about a lot of money in image rights.

“Also, it is because of the image they have, their provocative side, the fact that any people don’t like them … It’s the opposite of good publicity,” said Perez, who prides himself on his focus on Real Madrid’s business side and was a prime mover in the attempted Super league.

Many of the quotes appeared in a book by the journalist Jose Antonio Abellan “Assault on Real Madrid” published in 2015.

Perez complained on Tuesday that Abellan had made the recordings secretly and said the timing was related to his role as an organiser of the Super League.

“The quotes are from conversations clandestinely recorded by Jose Antonio Abellan, who has been trying to sell them for years without success,” said Perez, whose second stint as chairman runs to 2025.

“They are loose phrases from conversations taken out of the broad context in which they occur. That they are being reproduced now, after so many years have passed, I understand that it is due to my participation as one of the promoters of the Super League.”

He warned Tuesday that his lawyers “are studying possible actions to be taken.”

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Super League Project ‘On Stand-By’, Says Real Madrid’s Perez

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 3, 2018 Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez poses upon arrival at the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris. 
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Wednesday that the European Super League was not doomed, but merely “on stand-by”.

“The project is on stand-by. The project exists, but half of them have left, tired of what they have heard over 24 hours, saying they don’t want to continue,” said Perez.

His note of defiance came despite all six English clubs as well as Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid turning their backs on the tournament, plans for which were only revealed on Sunday night.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Perez was asked if it was wrong to think the breakaway competition was now dead.

“Absolutely,” he said. “We are working on it. Something will come out that the world thinks is the best.”

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the only three clubs yet to withdraw. Perez said Barcelona are “thinking about it”.

“I am sad and disappointed. We have been working on this for three years and fighting against the financial situation in Spanish football,” said Perez.

“I have never seen aggression like it, from the president of UEFA and some presidents of the national leagues.

“It seemed orchestrated, it surprised all of us. It was like nothing I’ve seen in my career like we had killed football. We were working on how to save football.”

Perez admitted the project would have to change and suggested four teams could instead qualify from each country.

He also claimed one of the English teams sowed seeds of doubt in the others.

“There was someone in the English group, who didn’t have much interest in the Super League,” said Perez.

“And they started infecting the rest. They all signed a binding agreement but in the end because of the Premier League avalanche, they said ‘hey, we’re off.”

“UEFA put on a show,” he added. “They made it look like we dropped an atomic bomb. They haven’t let us explain. It can’t be that those at the top lose money and the rest earn money. The rich now lose a lot of money.”

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Perez Comes Out Swinging In Defence Of New Super League

 

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 3, 2018 Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez poses upon arrival at the 2018 Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.
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Newly appointed president of the European Super League and current president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez has defended the controversial breakaway league as a necessity to salvage the dwindling financial resources of clubs.

Perez is adamant the league will go ahead as planned whether club giants like Paris Saint-German or Bayern Munich agree to join or not.

In an interview on Monday night with El Chiringuito TV, the Real Madrid boss gave reasons for the breakaway

“Many important clubs in Spain, Italy, and the UK want to find a solution to a very bad financial situation,” he said.

“The only way is to play more competitive games. If instead of playing the CL, Super League helps the clubs to recover the lost earnings.”

 

An Arsenal fan stands with his anti-European Super League banner outside the Emirates Stadium, home of English Premier League football club Arsenal, in north London on April 19, 2021. 

 

Further laying claim to his view, he dismissed any notion that the competition was elitist as smaller clubs had a chance to play in the tournament.

“The attractive thing in football is playing between big clubs, the value for television increases and more income is generated,” he stated.

“It’s not just the rich who want the #SuperLeague, we’re doing it to save football because it’s at a critical moment.”

Perez also assured players and clubs of no penalties if they joined the Super League

“Players banned from international competitions and National teams according to UEFA? Don’t worry, this will NOT happen.”

“Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Chelsea as the other clubs of #SuperLeague will NOT be banned from the Champions League or domestic leagues. 100%, I’m sure. Impossible.”

Speaking on the proposed new Champions League format for 2024, Perez called it “absurd” insisting his goal for the Super League was to save football.

 

A Leeds United player wears a T-shirt with a slogan against a proposed new European Super League during the warm up for the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Liverpool at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on April 19, 2021.
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He also said invitations had not been sent to Ligue 1 Champions and UEFA Champions League winners but their refusal will not hamper the progress of the league.

“We have not invited PSG yet, we’re gonna talk with many clubs and explicate them about the #SuperLeague project. If Bayern refuses to join it won’t cancel, don’t worry. We also will hire some of the best referees in the world,” he said.

Already, there are pockets of protests in some cities in Europe, and on Monday evening, Leeds United players wore T-shirts with a slogan against a proposed new European Super League during the warm-up for the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Liverpool at Elland Road in Leeds.

Top players and officials have also spoken against the new competition.

 

Perez Re-elected Unopposed As Real Madrid President

In this file photo taken on October 24, 2020 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez attends the Spanish League football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. 
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Florentino Perez has been re-elected unopposed as president of Real Madrid for a sixth term, the Spanish champions announced on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old was the only name in the running since the window for potential candidates to apply opened at the start of the month.

A club statement said: “A single candidate was validated by the electoral committee….and D. Florentino Perez Rodriguez is proclaimed president”.

Perez, the head of major construction group ACS, has already twice been re-elected unopposed, in 2013 and 2017.

He was the man behind Madrid’s star-studded ‘Galacticos’ era in his first spell in charge of the club between 2000-2006.

His latest mandate will see him at the helm until 2025.

Real Madrid face Liverpool in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Anfield on Wednesday, leading 3-1 from the first leg as they go in search of a 14th European crown.

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Real Madrid President Florentino Perez Tests Positive For COVID-19

File photo of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez PHOTO: LLUIS GENE / AFP

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, 73, has tested positive for coronavirus, the club announced on Tuesday.

The reigning Spanish champions said in a statement Perez “is not presenting any symptoms”.

Perez’s positive test comes after Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also tested positive last month.

Zidane was asymptomatic and returned to Madrid’s training ground on Tuesday morning following his period of isolation.

Madrid defender Nacho Fernadez also delivered a positive result last week.

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The club statement read: “Real Madrid confirms that our president Florentino Perez has given a positive result in the COVID-19 tests to which he is subjected periodically, although he is not presenting any symptoms.”

Perez is in his second term as Real Madrid president, which began in 2009. He was also in charge of the club between 2000 and 2006.

The club have won five La Liga titles and the Champions League five times with Perez at the helm.

According to the club’s website, Perez “has restored Real Madrid’s international prestige…has put the institution’s finances in good shape, transforming it into the richest club in the world.”

But Madrid are struggling this season, with the team 10 points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga, having played one game more. They were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Alcoyano in a shock defeat last month.

The club have been hit hard by the pandemic too, with their gross total debt up to around 901 million euros ($1.084 billion) and net debt around 355 million euros, according to reports in the Spanish press.

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Perez Says Real Madrid Want Reform Of Club Football Competitions

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Sunday said the coronavirus pandemic had increased the need for the creation of a new elite league.

“Football needs new formulas to make it more competitive, more exciting, and stronger,” Perez told club members at the annual meeting held online on Sunday.

Perez also said that the pandemic had cost Real Madrid 106 million euros ($130 million) in lost income, but cost-cutting meant the club had still managed to make a 313,000-euro profit.

The biggest clubs have long lobbied for European competitions to be structured in a way that guarantees them a greater share of the revenue.

“This model needs a new impulse,” he said. “The impact of Covid-19 strongly demands new changes. Football has to face this new time.”

“Reforming football cannot wait and we have to get down to it as soon as possible. The biggest clubs in Europe have millions of fans spread across the world. We have the responsibility to fight for this change,” he added.

The latest plan for a Super League surfaced through a series of leaked emails and documents in November 2018 which suggested that many of Europe’s biggest clubs were working on plans for a 16-team Super League to kick off as early as 2021.

When Josep Maria Bartomeu stood down as president of Real’s great rivals Barcelona in October he called for “a future European Super League” which “would guarantee the financial stability of the club”.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, immediately reiterated its “strong opposition” to the idea.

In early December, British daily The Times reported that UEFA was working on a Champions League reform plan that would see all sides in the competition compete in one league and play 10 different opponents, selected by a draw.

The format dubbed the “Swiss system” is designed to avoid meaningless matches in the group stage.

Real’s members approved a budget for this season of 617 million euros, down from the 822.1 million euros last season.

Perez said the club planned to ask executives, players and coaches to continue the pay cut they agreed last season.

“The management we’ve been carrying out all these years has allowed us to maintain a very solvent financial position which, in light of this immense crisis we are living through as a result of the pandemic, has allowed us to navigate serenely through what is a difficult situation,” Perez said.

“The reality is that all big football clubs are suffering this significant financial blow and we’re not immune to it either.”

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Ronaldo Casts Doubt Over Real Madrid Future

 

Ronaldo Casts Doubt Over Real Madrid Future
Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy after his team won the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26, 2018. Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP

 

Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo suggested his time at Real Madrid could be at an end just moments after winning his fourth Champions League in five years with the Spanish giants.

Ronaldo, 33, has now won five European Cups in all, but Gareth Bale was the hero for Real in Kiev with two goals in a 3-1 win over Liverpool.

“I am going to enjoy this moment and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been at my side,” Ronaldo told BeIN Sports Spain.

“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid. In the next few days, I will speak.

“I am going to enjoy this with my team-mates and in the next few days I’ll give an answer.”

Ronaldo’s comments appeared to target Real president Florentino Perez for a lack of support.

However, Perez hinted he was tired of Ronaldo’s intimations he could leave.

It isn’t the first time Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United for a then-world record fee in 2009, has appeared close to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After securing a first European Cup and La Liga double for Madrid in 59 years last season, Ronaldo was also reportedly looking to leave for what he perceived as a lack of support from the club over an ongoing tax investigation into the management of his image rights from the Spanish authorities.

“Here the most important thing is the club, and the most important thing is that we are celebrating this Champions League,” Perez told Antena3.

“I am not going to in the personal situations of any player because, as he himself says, nothing ever happens.”

Ronaldo still has three years to run on a lucrative five-year contract signed in 2016.

Despite failing to score in the final, Ronaldo ended as the competition’s top scorer for a sixth straight season as Real became the first side in 42 years to win three consecutive European Cups.

“We made history. That’s the important thing,” he added. “The future of a player isn’t important.”

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Real Madrid President Perez Insists 2017 Was A ‘Great Year’

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday that the club’s fans have to be proud of their team’s achievements in 2017, despite the 3-0 El Clasico defeat by Barcelona that left them 14 points adrift in the La Liga title race.

The Spanish giants completed a double of Champions League and La Liga titles last season and have since added the Club World Cup trophy and the European and Spanish Super Cups.

“2017 was a year that the Madridistas will never forget,” Perez said in his traditional Christmas message to supporters, a day after the home loss to Barca.

“In terms of titles, it’s been the best in the 115 years of our history, and for all of our supporters, 2017 was a great year.

“We are proud of our team and our coach, Zinedine Zidane. They are part of this legend and the myth that is Real Madrid.”

Real Madrid’s Spanish defender Sergio Ramos receives the FIFA Club World Cup 2017 award. Photo; CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP

 

Zidane has come under fire in recent weeks for the first time since taking over as Madrid coach, after their faltering start to the domestic league campaign and a Champions League loss to Tottenham Hotspur that left them facing a last-16 tie with big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in February.

“Overall, 2017 was very positive. We must continue in this direction for 2018,” said Zidane, who is bidding to lead Real to a third straight European crown.

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‘Magnificent’ Kane Would Cost €250 Million, Says Perez

Harry Kane, Tottenham, Mauricio Pochetinno, Bayer LevekusenIt would take a world record 250 million euro ($294 million) fee to land the on-fire Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur according to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.

The English striker’s 13 goals in 12 games this season has sparked rumours he could be the latest star to swap Spurs for Spain following in the footsteps of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

However, having had his fingers burned in paying a then world record 100 million euros for Bale in 2013, Perez is wary of trying to negotiate with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

“I think he is a magnificent player and, moreover, he is young with many years ahead of him to progress,” Perez told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope after attending FIFA’s annual awards.

And Perez believes Levy’s reputation for delaying moves until late in the transfer window to get the best possible deal means he would want more than the 222 million euros Paris Saint-Germain paid to snatch Neymar from Barcelona in August.

“No, (I haven’t asked the price) because if I ask, he will tell me 250 million,” Perez added.

“We have made friends with Tottenham over the time it took to sign Luka Modric and Gareth Bale as with the two of them we ended up signing them on the final day of the window.

“We ended up having a good friendship and he (Levy) always says to me when we win the European Cup: ‘Thanks for winning the European Cup with my players'”.

Madrid’s feat in retaining the Champions League was rewarded on Monday as Cristiano Ronaldo won FIFA’s “The Best” player for the second straight year, whilst Zinedine Zidane picked up the best coach award and four other Real players – Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Modric – joined Ronaldo in the team of the year.

However, the European champions were unable to get the better of Kane’s Spurs in a 1-1 Champions League draw at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

And Kane will have another chance to show Madrid what they are missing when the sides meet again on November 1 at Wembley with top spot in Group H at stake.

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Ronaldo ‘Delighted’ To Be Staying At Real, Says Perez

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, hounded by allegations of tax evasion in Spain, is “delighted” to be staying at Real Madrid, according to club president Florentino Perez, who called claims that the Portuguese striker might leave the country exaggerated.

“As he said a little while back, he’s delighted to be here. No one is better placed than him to say that,” Perez told Cadena Ser radio.

Ronaldo strongly denied having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.5 million) in tax on his image rights when he appeared in court in a preliminary hearing on July 31.

Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez

In addition, they say Ronaldo only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

They also accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.

The four-time World Player of the Year, 32, has been heavily critical of the probe into him, leading to rumours that he might seek to quit Spain.

“I don’t know what happened this summer,” Perez said. “A Bola (newspaper) published a story, on what a teammate might have said (about Ronaldo leaving)… In the end, there was nothing.

“As there was not much to talk about this summer, they exaggerated,” Perez said, conceding however that “Cristiano was angry about this tax problem, having been summoned, that’s not nice for anyone.”

Perez added that there was nothing in the case against Ronaldo “that would constitute a crime”.

“He’s hidden nothing and if there’s no hiding, there’s no crime,” he said.

“It’s possible there’s a different interpretation (between Ronaldo’s advisers and tax authorities) and he’s cool and collected on this issue.”

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Real Madrid Not Contemplating Ronaldo’s Departure – Florentino Perez

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, on Monday, said the club doesn’t contemplate Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club and said he has not spoken to the Portuguese player yet.

Perez said a very strange thing would need to happen for Cristiano to leave ‘Los Blancos’, he denied any offer for the player and refused to make conclusions before speaking to him.

The president defended the Portuguese star and said that he has heard Ronaldo is angry because of the media treatment concerning his taxation case. Although Perez said everyone, including Ronaldo, must obey their tax obligations.

Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of €14.7 million (12.87 million pounds) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, June 20, Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial reported that Ronaldo will testify in court on the tax allegations on July 31.

Ronaldo is with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia and has not said anything about his future since the A Bola story was published, which said Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid.

Cristiano is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.

The 32-year-old signed a new contract with Real until 2021 last November and has a release clause of €1 billion ($1.11 billion).

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Ronaldo Gets 400-Goal Shirt

Real Madrid has celebrated Cristiano Ronaldo’s 400th goal with the club giving him a shirt marking the event, despite confusion surrounding the forward’s tally.

The club posted a video of Ronaldo and Real’s president Florentino Perez posing with the shirt at the club’s training pitch a day after the Portuguese forward scored a three goals in the Champions Leaguesemi-final against Atletico Madrid.

Tuesday’s treble took his tally for Real Madrid to 399 goals in 389 games, although the forward claims he scored another in 2010 that was officially awarded to defender Pepe.

There was no mention of this mystery goal on Real’s website.