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Florentino Pérez quits as Madrid President

By European Football
February 27 2006

One of the most controversial chairmen in the history of big clubs has handed in his resign today. His famous policy of forming a team made of the world’s most expensive stars together with low profile players to do the hard work has left a mark the history of Real Madrid. Florentino Pérez, aged 58, decided to hand in his resignation today, which was unanimously accepted by the board. He arrived in Madrid in July 2000, and during his mandate the team won two league titles (2000/01 and 01/02), one Champions League (2002), one InterContinental Cup (2002), two Spanish SuperCups (2001 and 2003) and one European SuperCup (2002). His seat will be taken by Fernando Martín.

In the press row, Pérez stated:

“I think the club needs a change.

“This is the right moment to leave the presidency.

“I’m convinced this can be the revolution the club needs.

Speaking about the players, he admitted:

“I have spoiled them.

“We have formed a squad made of great players, but some got confused, and with my resignation I want to stress that the only thing that matters here is Real Madrid, so they can understand.

He thinks the balance of his mandate is positive, as he stated:

“It has been 6 wonderful, tough and passionate years and I can say that this Board has put Real Madrid in an unquestionable position of leadership in every area and put every member in a position in which they can decide the future and destiny of this institution.

“The two cornerstones of this team were the great players and the ones coming from the youth teams, this has been our identity and has led us to be what we are.

“Of course we have made many mistakes and that’s why I think there should be a change.

“I can’t regret having brought the world’s best players, but probably we have not been capable of transmitting responsibility to them.

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