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Florentino Pérez
Gender Male
Ethnic Spanish
Job Real Madrid President
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Org Real Madrid

2016 01 09 Retrieve

[Real Madrid and Gareth Bale give Zinedine Zidane the perfect start] Zidane will not replace Benítez

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] I have very good memories of working with Mourinho; he raised our competitive level. It wasn’t a dark period. Under him, we returned to our rightful place

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez, scrawled on a serviette in bad French at a UEFA gala in Monaco to Zidane] Do you want to play for Real? [The serviette was passed to Zidane at a neighboring table, who scrawled back: Yes]

2018 06 14 Retrieve

[Florentino Pérez says sacking of Spanish coach ‘was aimed at hurting the prestige of Real Madrid’] It was an absurd reaction of misunderstanding and pride, which was aimed at hurting the prestige of Real Madrid. We reached an agreement very quickly, in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation during the tournament.

We reached an agreement very quickly, in a few hours, and wanted to make a show of transparency, to avoid all rumours and speculation during the tournament

2018 09 23 Retrieve

[Florentino says Zinedine and Cristiano Ronaldo know that Real will always be their home] (Cristiano) is one of the key figures as he is the top scorer in the history of the club and worthy successor to Di Stefano. He is stand-out figure and his legend will be told from generation to generation. An example for everyone who wears this shirt. Thank you Cristiano.

(Zidane) is another of our all-time references. As coach he has entered history as one of the greatest at Real Madrid. He is one of our biggest legends and he along with Cristiano know that this will always be his home

Madrid are the European champions in both football and basketball for the first time in its history. We are proud to be living a historic moment on a sporting, economic and social level. The 13th win continued a project that begun in 2000 and once again Madrid have become the only club to win three straight Champion Leagues as a result of our sporting project, the Bernabeu effect, the best players in the world and putting emphasis in youth

We have the best players here, a spectacular squad with eleven in FIFA’s list of players of the season. Modric was picked as best player, best Champions League midfielder and is a candidate for ‘The Best’ award. A special mention should also be made to Varane who is world champion with France

[Perez also referred to the Madrid youth which has come to the fore] Vinicius is one of the upcoming stars and there is Odriozola. Ten players in the first team have come through the youth ranks and that is our strategy

2019 03 12 Retrieve

[Florentino Pérez gushed as he stood next to Toni Kroos at his Real Madrid presentation] A magnificent player has arrived, as he showed at the World Cup, where he was one of the best in the competition. His great performances in recent weeks do not come as a surprise, but as confirmation that we had chosen the right player

2019 05 28 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez insisted Sergio Ramos will not leave Real Madrid on a free transfer] They [Ramos and his advisors] came to see me in my office. They mentioned that he might leave but without a transfer fee because transfer fees in China are very complicated. I told him that he can’t leave and that we would be speaking to the Chinese club interested in signing him. It’s impossible to let your captain leave for free, that would be setting a bad precedent

2019 05 28b Retrieve

[Florentino Perez is hoping Chelsea star Eden Hazard joins the La Liga giants in the off-season] How are we supposed to talk to a club who are playing in a final? We’ve been trying for a number of years to make Hazard a Real Madrid player, but we haven’t achieved it yet. I’d really like Hazard to come to Real Madrid and really hope he does. He is one of the best footballers.

[Perez said the club have not received offers for Gareth Bale] We’re not thinking about players. We have to meet with Zidane and see what we want to do. We have to buy and sell. I won’t talk about any player

2019 05 28c Retrieve

[Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists that the club are not interested in signing Kylian Mbappe or Neymar] I haven’t spoken with Zidane about Mbappe or Neymar, nor have I with anyone else. Nor have we spoken with Mbappe, nor will we. Last year we said we didn’t want them and this year is the same. If we want a player, we’ll speak to their club.

2019 05 28d Retrieve

[Real Madrid president Florentino Perez considers Cristiano Ronaldo to be ‘the greatest player’ he has ever signed] I assumed he wanted new challenges and he took advantage of that moment to embrace them. Cristiano was an exemplary professional who never caused problems. He’s the greatest player I ever signed and my relationship with him was always excellent, both as a player and a man. We didn’t have any problems regarding money. There were rumours about him wanting to leave because of the tax case, but that’s not the reality of the situation. He wanted a change and to improve his contract, so he found it at Juventus and everyone was happy.

It’s hard to find a replacement for someone like Cristiano, but we had good players anyway, such as Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Vinicius. I don’t think that was the problem this season

2019 06 10 Retrieve

[Florentino Pérez admits Real Madrid want Eden Hazard] Eden Hazard is one of the greats left in world football but then we wanted him last year too. Now he has only one year left on his contract it’s easier. We have been trying to make Hazard a Madrid player for quite a few years but we haven’t managed to until now

2019 06 12 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez accepted Los Blancos badly underperformed last term but he feels Jovic can help fire the club back to success] Today we share with all Madridistas the start of a new project, we have to work hard to make dreams come true for our millions of fans. Madridismo is about feelings, the good moments and the not so good moments. It wasn’t the year we wanted, so we are reacting with determination and talent. We have a determination to build and this club never gives up. Winning four of the past five Champions Leagues is incredible, three in a row is incredible, a gigantic triumph that will only be valued as time goes by.

This is down to Madridistas and the stability of the club and a fantastic squad of players who are legends. We have the responsibility to try and win again and this is one of the days we are happy to welcome a new player to help us. A striker a lot of big clubs in Europe wanted, but now a member of the Real Madrid family to come here at this stage was one of his big dreams and his career as a Real Madrid player starts here today.

Luka, now you are a Real Madrid player, a club with 13 European Cups. Congratulations and thank you for choosing this shirt to keep growing as one of the best strikers in the world. We know a lot of big clubs wanted you because of your talent and work ethic but you wanted to be a part of our legend. You’ve come to the biggest club in the world at 21, you’ve done so much already, a Serbia international and a champion in three countries. You come from a big club and a club we have a good relationship with, you come from a demanding league. You had a magnificent season scoring 27 goals, one of the top scorers in Europe, but our fans will ask even more of your incredible qualities.

You have a huge challenge, playing with the best players in the world and a fantastic manager. From now you are a Real Madrid player, the most prestigious and successful club in the world. Your family are very proud and us as well. We’ve been told you used to sleep in a Real Madrid shirt as a child, millions of fans will give everything for you and they demand you score the goals you’ve done already. We wish you a lot of success and welcome you to your new home

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez told Eden Hazard the Santiago Bernabeu is his home from today] We are Real Madrid, we want new triumphs. This club is hungry for victory and resistance to defeat. We’re going to have a squad of great players and in front of it, Zinedine Zidane will be there. Today and now we welcome one of the best players in the world, Eden Hazard. Eden, you’re where you wanted to be. Today the dream of your life is fulfilled. The Bernabeu is your home from today, here they will enjoy your quality, and soon you will notice that the best of this club are its partners and its fans. We know that Madrid was your big dream and for your quality and your work you are already here. We thank Chelsea that has collaborated to achieve your dream. These fans know that your football is special and different. Welcome to Real Madrid, welcome to your home.

2019 06 16 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez at David Beckham’s unveiling] He is a man of our times and a symbol of modern-day stardom. And what is certain is Real Madrid have signed Beckham because he’s a great footballer and a very dedicated professional

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez says Real Madrid have signed ‘one of the great prodigies’ in Rodrygo Goes] Our strategy is always about finding emerging talent, incorporating young players who want to mark an era in Real Madrid. Today we have a prodigious talent joining us. This footballer already provokes admiration for his game in a country [Brazil] where admiration for football is a way of life. One of the great prodigies comes to our club, who already stands out for his quality and attitude. He has dreamed of this moment, he has wanted to hear these words that are coming true today, and we welcome Rodrygo Goes as a new player of Real Madrid.

You come from Brazil, a country where football is a great passion and where the best players in history have come from. You played for a legendary club like Santos, you managed to do some incredible things in such a demanding place. You arrive at 18 but you’ve played many games with Santos already and you’ve become one of the big emerging stars of Brazilian football, standing out in all the youth categories for the national team. You’ve grown since your debut and scored many goals, but now you’ve chosen a challenge here. The club is going to support you as much as we can for you to be a happy player here. You’ll have to work hard, the fans will be beside you, but you must know about the maximum demands here

2019 06 18b Retrieve

[A delighted Florentino Perez declared at Dani Ceballos’s official unveiling] Dani will be a pillar of the club for the future. Through his humility, hard work and sheer talent, he was recently named best player at the Euro Under-21 Championship. Now the real challenge starts, and you must succeed at this club for you, your family and for our fans all around the world, who are already fully convinced of your talents. The fans will back you to the hilt

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Less than 48 hours after they had won La Liga title on the final day of the season, Real Madrid dismissed Vicente del Bosque] Real Madrid needs someone with a less out-of-date training manual

2019 07 18 Retrieve

[Madrid shone brightly for two seasons, they had effectively burned out by the time Beckham arrived. He lifted just one major trophy during his four-year stay and that Liga title came right at the end, by which time Perez had already resigned, conceding that the project had been a failure. The Real supremo had completely neglected the defensive side of the game, most memorably by underestimating the importance of midfield workhorse Claude Makelele] He wasn’t a header of the ball and he rarely passed the ball more than three metres. Younger players will arrive who will cause Makelele to be forgotten

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[Dani Ceballos was hailed as the next big thing when he made his £14.75 million move to the Bernabeu from Real Betis in 2017, having just walked away with the Golden Player award at the 2017 European Under-21 Championship] Dani will be a pillar of the club for the future. Through his humility, hard work and sheer talent, he was recently named best player at the Euro Under-21 Championship. Now the real challenge starts, and you must succeed at this club for you, your family and for our fans all around the world, who are already fully convinced of your talents. The fans will back you to the hilt.

: 2019 08 08 President Florentino Perez is willing to enter negotiations with the Ligue 1 champions PSG and table an opening bid in excess of €100m, while Neymar would be offered a five-year contract with an annual salary of €25m per season. A possible return to Barcelona now looks to have collapsed, with Philippe Coutinho having rejected the opportunity to make a loan move to Tottenham

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez admitted the La Liga giants have chased Robert Lewandowski and Paul Pogba, but claims Bayern Munich and Manchester United aren’t willing to let their star men leave] There are players who don’t get sold. We went for Lewandowski for several years and nothing happened because he has no clause and Bayern Munich won’t sell him. There’s no way. And that’s happened with Pogba. When certain players can be sold, we can go for them

[The failure to land Lewandowski could be partially to blame for the club’s dismal 2018-19 season] We had nine Ballon d’Or nominees and a team valued at €1.2 billion. Last year the problem wasn’t one player, but everyone’s mentality. Important players have been signed, Eden Hazard among them

2019 09 12b Retrieve

[Real Madrid president Florentino Perez dreams of seeing the club’s basketball team playing in the NBA and has suggested a move to the league’s Eastern Conference would be a good way to test their quality] In basketball we play many insignificant games. It’s better to play less, but better. We have explored the option of a European League and I have the dream of seeing Madrid in the NBA. I have asked us to be included in the Eastern Conference, but they say that’s far away

[And Perez suggested it could be a boon for the league’s popularity, noting how widely followed his own club is on social media] The other teams in Spain don’t have as much interest. But there are Greek and Turkish clubs with which we could have a European Conference. There are only two teams in the NBA with more followers than us on social networks

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez says Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu could play host to a record-breaking tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal] We tried many times to beat the Guinness World Record for the most spectators at a game of tennis between Nadal and Federer at the Bernabéu but one of them was either injured or it didn’t suit. The good thing is that it seems they will last a lot longer, so there’s time

2019 09 15 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez says Real Madrid’s supporters will only be able to dream about new titles and trophies once the club meet the demands placed on themselves to succeed again] This is a united club and that’s our strength, the strength of ‘madridismo’ [Real Madrid fandom]. We have to understand that this team had won everything there was to win in a unique and historic cycle which saw us lift 17 titles in the past nine seasons, an almost inimitable cycle. It’s been a difficult season and we’ve all taken stock where necessary, because we need to turn the situation around. Don’t be in any doubt that we will do just that. By placing great demands on ourselves, we must carry out the transformation required which will allow ‘madridistas’ [Madrid fans] to dream of new successes and titles. Our challenge is to keep winning on an international football stage which is increasingly complicated and competitive. And of course, we need to recover that hunger for success. The desire that has been a crucial factor in enjoying one of the best eras in our history

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Madrid president Perez subsequently dismissed the notion that Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid over tax case] There were rumours about him wanting to leave because of the tax case, but that’s not the reality of the situation. He wanted a change and to improve his contract, so he found it at Juventus and everyone was happy

2020 01 12 Retrieve

[Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez conceded that Fede Valverde had stopped an opportunity for Morata, but said it was uncertain what would have happened next] It is not known what would have happened. but he prevented a clear chance for Morata in front of the goalkeeper, who could have stopped it. Many things could have happened. But it allowed us to tie, go to the penalties and win the Cup

[also expressed his sympathy for Atletico president Enrique Cerezo, saying he had behaved admirably in tough circumstances] Cerezo behaved like what he is, like a gentleman. He is a great friend. My solidarity with him when he has lost, because in the penalties there is a lot of luck, and this time it fell from our side

2020 01 12b Retrieve

[Florentino Perez says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is the best in the world] We thought he [Courtois] was the best goalkeeper in the world and he has shown that

2020 01 13 Retrieve

[Florentino Perez described head coach Zinedine Zidane as a blessing from heaven] [Zidane] has plenty of trophies and we’re very happy for him. I hope that he wins more trophies. Zidane has a loving relationship with Real Madrid. He decided to rest for a year and now he’s returned with renewed energy. Zidane is a blessing from heaven

[Perez felt the triumph at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah was particularly impressive] We came here without some great players like Hazard, Benzema and Bale. Zidane has been able to put together a team and we won the trophy. I think that we’re on the path to finding ourselves again after a little dip. New people have come in who have given the team intensity and we’re on a good path

[Perez reserved some praise for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who saved from Thomas Partey in the shoot-out] We brought [Courtois] here because we believe that he’s the best goalkeeper in the world, and he has been. He was one of the key players in the victory

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Madrid president Florentino Perez was full of praise for Reinier at his official presentation] One of our strategies is the search for talent all over the world, looking for the great figures of tomorrow. When a new player arrives at this club, it is something that excites us. He has only just turned 18 but has already been able to conquer the Copa Libertadores at a great club like Flamengo.

Reinier, you are already a Real Madrid player, the team you chose to use in video games, the club of your childhood dreams. We’re living another special day because a player that excites us has arrived, at just 18 years old he has already won the Copa Libertadores with one of the world’s great clubs. You are one of the emerging stars of world football, congratulations because today many of your footballing dreams are coming true, the great challenges of your life await you

[The Blancos hold a one-point lead over arch-rivals Barcelona in the Spanish title race, and also have a last 16 tie against Manchester City to look forward to] Real Madrid will continue giving everything to get the League and the Champions League, because nobody ever gives up here. It is the way of life of the millions of Real Madrid players

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[Madrid’s failure to sign then-Santos sensation Neymar rankled as an unforgivable oversight for a club that has always prided itself, from Di Stefano and Puskas in the 1950s to Cristiano Ronaldo almost six decades later, on harvesting football’s finest. the president sent two envoys to Brazil at the 11th hour in a fruitless attempt to change the current Paris Saint-Germain man’s mind] We spoke, we saw what the transfer was coming to and we realised that it would have damaged our ecosystem

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Real Madrid to not play at Bernabeu when La Liga returns] We have made the decision to play in the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in our Ciudad Real Madrid all the games in which we will play as the home team. This decision will allow us to advance in the works of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Why aren’t Real Madrid home games at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga season restart & where are they playing?] Our future naturally involves a new Santiago Bernabeu stadium, a reference of the 21st century. A modern, avant-garde stadium, with maximum comfort and safety, with state-of-the-art technology, where fans can experience unique sensations and also be a new and important source of income for the club

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Real Madrid to formally launch women’s side after merger with CD Tacon] The time has come to build a team that you will all be very proud of