Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid presidency has been marked by many successes, but it has also seen some failures at the sporting and administrative level.
A report by Spanish magazine Atalayar said that the period between 2000 and 2021 – with the exception of three years during which Ramon Calderon held the presidency between 2006 and 2009 – saw Florentino Perez make many costly mistakes. at the royal club, and they Expenses, errors in transfer agreements, most recently allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to leave.
The Portuguese star arrived at Real Madrid in 2009 and left in 2018, during that time he scored 450 goals in 438 appearances and won the European Champions League 4 times, as well as the League title in two times. Ronaldo – who became the club’s top scorer – faced financial problems that led him to ask for a raise in his annual salary, but President Florentino Perez refused and decided to sell him to Juventus for 100 million euros. ‘euros. The star – who contributed greatly to the club’s cash flow from titles and income – was eventually allowed to leave due to financial disputes.
In December 2015, Real Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey in a game against Cadiz due to the involvement of Denis Shereshev. The Russian player was suspended from the game after being knocked out in the last cup match against Villarreal, and the royal club refused to acknowledge the mistake and took the case to court, despite having received official notification of the player’s status, and the court’s response was offensive to the club, saying: “It’s hard to understand.” How come a team like Real Madrid doesn’t know which players they can and cannot include.
The arrival of Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho in 2010 has been the main cause of controversy in the club’s history; While Florentino Perez chose Mourinho because he won the European Champions League with Inter Milan and away from Barcelona. Mourinho’s presence was controversial in the press and on the sporting street, and the media excitement he exhibited far exceeded his performances on the pitch, so on one occasion he fought with Tito Villanova, the former Barcelona coach. President Perez allowed Mourinho to do his own thing, and when the failure happened he blamed the leaders.
Real Madrid took over from a large number of coaches, some of them were made redundant, while others decided to leave for various reasons, among which the famous Spanish coach Vicente Delbosky, whose management refused to renew his contract, although he achieved results with the team. that exceeded expectations. Then came Carlos Queiroz of Manchester United, then left after a season. Jose Antonio Camacho, who did not start the 2004 season in the first place because he refused to obey certain club decisions. The club then brought in other coaches, who didn’t last long.
In his second stint with Real Madrid, Florentino Perez initially brought in Manuel Pellegrini, but due to the lack of a coronation he was sacked, followed by Jose Mourinho, who did not succeed. The team enjoyed a period of calm with the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, who won the European Champions League against Atletico Madrid, but left the following season amid fan anger.
Next is Rafael Benitez, who adopts an intense and exhausting work style rejected by the spoiled stars of the team. Also came Lopetegui, who was removed from the management of the Spanish national team ahead of the World Cup in Russia, but did not live long in the royal team.
James and bill
James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Real Madrid paid € 75m to bring him back from Monaco, but after 3 seasons he was loaned to Bayern Munich and then sold. in 2020 definitely to the English team Everton, to be revealed later that this player has lost, it’s free.
As for Gareth Bale, Real Madrid paid him € 110million after playing for English club Tottenham, but during his seven seasons at Madrid he suffered from injuries continuously, and despite that, Florentino Perez has renewed his contract in 2016 until 2022, increasing his annual salary. salary at 17 million euros, in a reckless move that cost the club heavy losses.
Dealing with the masses
President Florentino Perez faced huge criticism from fans and in 2014 he used internal clashes between groups of fan associations to push them out of the stands, under the pretext that they had a ideology and a violent past. Peres replaced them with another group of fans loyal to him, chanting boring and vulgar rhymes to express their support for the president, according to the report.
Caring for young men
Real Madrid lack management and long-term vision for the future of the club, and they rely heavily on stars who receive fantastic salaries in order to provide an addition and lead the club to hold titles. , but in the last few seasons the club has moved towards bringing in young players, and most of them were Brazilians, but his efforts in most of them were failures; In search of the new Neymar, Perez paid large sums of money to bring names such as Odegaard, Ceballos, Jovic, Wariner and Ibrahim Diaz, but they were later loaned out, after being unable to secure a spot. in the starting formation. . Publicity
Most commentators consider Florentino Perez’s relationship with goalkeeper Kaylor Navas to be inadequate, this heavyweight player of the team despite his media silence was not appreciated by the president, and the club have sought to bring in David de Gea from Manchester United in a swap deal. with Navas, but this deal I fell apart due to a delay of half an hour from the deadline for closing the transfer window.
Florentino Perez’s relationship with club legends was mostly strained, most notably defender Fernando Hierro and Redondo, who left in 2000 with the arrival of Perez. The same goes for Portuguese star Luis Figo, who left in 2005 due to his strained relationship with the president. Club legend Raul left after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Mourinho, preferring to terminate the contract by mutual agreement and silently leave for German club Schalke.
Florentino Perez made other shortcomings during his years as president of Real Madrid, including not allowing criticism and the expression of dissenting opinions during evaluation sessions at the club, even though members have the right to vote, and on top of that, he changed the membership systems in the team, in order to control On the voting operations.