Spanish newspaper El Confidencial published a leaked audio recorded in 2006 of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez criticizing Raul and Iker Casillas using very strong words. Today, El Confidencial went ahead and published one recorded in 2012. This time, Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho were the target of Perez’s rage.
“[Ronaldo] is crazy. The guy is an idiot, he’s sick. You think this guy is normal, but he’s not. If he was, he wouldn’t do all the things he does. The last stupid thing, which everyone in the world saw... why do you think he’d do something so stupid?” says Perez in the audio. It’s not clear what he’s referring to when he says “the last stupid thing,” but it’s not great hearing Madrid’s president with such strong words against a club legend like Ronaldo.
He goes on and shares his thoughts on Jose Mourinho and also on Ronaldo and Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes.
“Mendes has no control over [Ronaldo] and it’s the same with Mourinho - none at all. Even for interviews, they don’t listen to him. These are two guys with terrible egos, spoilt the pair of them, who don’t see the reality because they could both earn a lot more money if things were different. They are both abnormal because we are talking about a lot of money in terms of image rights. And with that face they have, that challenging glare, the fact that no one likes them... if the publicity was different, everything changes,” he adds.
The last audio of Perez features him talking about former Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao.
“He’s nuts, that’s one of the effects of Real Madrid. He’s another mindless one and Madrid eats guys like that. Right now, he’s scared and Mourinho is an idiot. It’s not that he doesn’t want to play... Well, he’s a little stupid, driving without a licence. The pressure has got to him and that’s because he’s sick but the other one doesn’t care about that,” he says.
Even if these words were recorded a long time ago, Perez is now in a tough spot because of these leaked audios. He published an official statement on Tuesday, but it won’t be easy for him to turn things around and improve his reputation from now on.