Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has taken on several challenges during his two terms as president of the world’s largest and most decorated football club and there is a new addition to that list.
On Tuesday, old recordings of Perez from 2006, just after the end of his first term as club president, were published in the online newspaper El Confidencial. In those recordings, Perez was heard calling club legends Raul Gonzalez and Iker Casillas “frauds.”
“Casillas is not the Real Madrid goalkeeper,” he said. “He isn’t and never has been. He was a big failure.”
“The problem is, people love him, love him, talk to him, they defend him so much.
“He’s one of the biggest frauds and the other is Raul, Real Madrid’s two biggest frauds are firstly Raul and secondly Casillas,” Perez said.
The quotes had already appeared in a book by journalist José Antonio Abellan “Aggression against Real Madrid” published in 2015.
Perez complained in a statement released by Real on Tuesday that Abellan recorded the remarks in secret. Perez said the timing was a result of his role as Super League organizer.
“The quotes come from conversations secretly recorded by Jose Antonio Abellan, who has been trying to sell them for years without success,” Perez said.
“These are vague sentences taken from conversations taken out of the general context in which they occur,” said Perez.
“Let them be reproduced now, after so many years, I understand that this is due to my participation as one of the promoters of the Super League.”
While nine of the 12 Super League clubs admitted their mistake, Real Madrid, along with Barcelona and Juventus, refused to give up on the project.
Perez concluded by saying that his lawyers are “studying possible measures to be taken.”
(With AFP inputs)