Florentino Perez made an appearance on El Larguero tonight. He was supposed to appear on the show last night, but ended up being in a meeting with the European Super League’s founding members at that time instead.
Florentino’s interview was bizarre, and likely could’ve been avoided entirely. It was not helpful to an already disastrous PR campaign for the failed Super League.
Here’s a quick summary of his most important quotes
“I am sad. We have been working for three years. LaLiga is untouchable, where you have to get some money is weekdays. The Champions format is obsolete and only has interest in the quarterfinals. Last season 650 million have been lost and this format is not It works. We came up with a format where the most important teams in Europe play starting at the beginning of the season. You can get more money where the big ones don’t lose by being in solidarity with others. “
The opposition from UEFA
“Manipulated campaign saying that we were going to end football. There are people who have privileges and who do not want to lose them.”
“I have never seen such aggression from the UEFA president. It has been orchestrated. I have never seen it. Threats and insults. As if we had killed someone. Football must be saved. A complicated event occurs. There was someone in it. English group that didn’t have much interest. “
“They have killed us with a terrible aggressiveness. They were waiting for us. When all this happens and reality comes we will see what happens. The clubs are going to lose more than two billion.”
The current status of the Super League
Says the first English team (likely Chelsea?) had doubts and then "infected" the rest of them, and they all decided to leave.— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) April 21, 2021
“The twelve of us signed a binding contract. We could accommodate other teams. They are leaving because UEFA puts on a show. We have not explained it anyway but they have not given us a chance. It cannot be that those of us at the top lose money and that the others do so. win. “
“We have to do it now. We cannot wait three years. The money comes from good matches, where there is competition. You have to make matches like Federer-Nadal that is of interest to the fans. Top-level matches without excluding anyone.” .
“We all continue. Nobody has paid a penalty. The exit of this project is not rushed. There was a club that did not have much interest but has signed a binding contract. It is not an assembly movement.”
“I want an educated UEFA president, who does not insult. As simple as that. And that we argue, that they do not trip. That way of insulting a centennial president. He would have to set an example.”
“We all have an obligation to dialogue and the UEFA president has not done well. We transmit an image of what football is. I have not messed with anyone and I have been 20 years. Football is a sport of values. This is 30 years ago it was normal and now we all have to set an example. “
Trickling the money down the pyramid
Florentino's entire theme and reasoning behind this idea (which basically doesn't seem like it was organized AT ALL) is that 'if the rich don't get richer, they can't pass their money down the the poor, and the poor die.'— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) April 21, 2021
“I have the responsibility for Real Madrid to be a pioneer. If there is money, there is money for everyone. The project is on standby. We are all together, reflecting on the future. Juventus has not left. The fundamental thing is that the games have interest to young people “.
Can the club make signings without the Super League?
More reflection on Florentino's appearance tonight. To me there was a clear message, even if indirect: "Don't get mad at me for not signing Mbappe and Haaland. I can't do it without the Super League"— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) April 22, 2021
“It is impossible for there to be big signings if the money does not flow. They have not even let us say what solidarity is. We are going to continue working in this Super League.”
“If Mbappé doesn’t come this year, nobody is going to shoot himself. If things don’t happen, it’s because they can’t be done. I think the partners are happy with my work.”
The contracts of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric
“We are closing this season and we ask the players to make an effort. I love them all. I signed Ramos in 2015. It will depend on the situation of the club, some player will have to be sold ... I know what it is to find a club in the year 2000 in a very bad situation. “
“With Modric there is already a renewal agreement. It is not the same case as Sergio Ramos. I love him as if he were my son. He knows how the situation is.”
This might be the quote that turns more Real Madrid fans against Florentino Pérez.— Euan McTear (@emctear) April 21, 2021
Asked why he didn't consult members about Super League, he replied: “Do I have to ask them which players to sign as well?”
On 15 "fixed" members "They're the ones who on merit in the last 15-20 years have earned it. Semi finals, finals, they have most fans on social media around the world. We need it. What we can't do... they say we're all equal and that's great, but there are games no-one watches."— Alex Kirkland (@alexkirkland) April 21, 2021
Florentino "There were only 40 Chelsea fans, and I could tell who brought them..."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 21, 2021
Florentino "Madrid fans are not stupid. If you tell them that instead of the games we currently play midweek, they can play games against Man United, of course they were happy."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 21, 2021
Florentino "Madrid could not pay players when I took over, we changed the world with the galacticos. Now things have to change again, after COVID."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 21, 2021
Florentino “A big guy wears a big suit, a small guy wears a small suit. Everyone has to be comfortable with the suit they wear. And the reality comes from the TV viewer figures. This is not capricious, I am just trying to help.”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 21, 2021