Florentino Perez returns as Real Madrid President unopposed

Florentino Perez returns as Real Madrid President unopposed

Florentino Perez will remain as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidates submitted names to contest against the incumbent before Sunday’s deadline, the club confirmed in a report from the meeting of the electoral board.

The 70-year-old since becoming the president in 2009 has enjoyed stints of success at the Spanish club coupled with three champions league wins in the last four years.

‘As no other candidature was put forward to the board and by virtue of Article 40, paragraph E, item 2 of the current articles of association within the club, is it proclaimed that Mr Florentino Pérez Rodríguez is president of Real Madrid….’

The alterations mean anyone aspiring to be president has to have been a member of Real for at least 20 years, compared to the old requirement of 10 years, and have a personal guarantee of over EUR75m (GBP67m) from a Spanish bank.

The barriers saw off potential challengers in the last election in 2013 and no candidate has emerged in the 10-day period since the electoral process began on June 8, leaving construction magnate Perez a free run to his third successive mandate and fifth overall.

Perez first became Real president in 2000, seeing off incumbent Lorenzo Sanz by promising to lure winger Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona, which he quickly delivered on by bringing the Portuguese international to the Spanish capital for a then world record fee of EUR62m (GBP54m).

On the likely exit of Portguese star making the round, Marca reports that Florentino Perez mentioned that if Cristiano Ronaldo really decided to leave Real Madrid, he should directly tell this to someone from the club’s management, and not become a source of rumors, being far away from Madrid as part of the Portuguese national team.

According to Peres, no footballer can consider himself more significant than the club, and recalled that this is not the first time when Cristiano Ronaldo began to be capricious.