Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has landed himself in hot water for the third time in a matter of months after leaked audio recordings emerged of him slating Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.
Another old audio clip released this week depicted Perez referring to Madrid legends Raul and Iker Casillas as “great frauds”, that Raul was “destroying Madrid” and that Casillas was only ever picked by Madrid because he was popular with the fanbase.
Perez is now alleged to have launched into an experlative-filled rant at club icon Ronaldo, while tearing into his agent Jorge Mendes and former Madrid boss Mourinho.
These comments come just months after Perez was at the forefront of the ill-fated ‘The European Super League’, a breakaway competition designed to give Madrid and the other founding clubs more financial security.
Now, the controversial club president has been caught on audio recording speaking about Ronaldo, who is Madrid’s all-time record goalscorer with 450 goals in all competitions, as “an idiot”.
Perez is alleged to have said of Ronaldo: “He’s crazy. This guy is an idiot, a sick man.
“You think this guy is normal, but he’s not normal, otherwise, he wouldn’t do all the things he does.
“The last nonsense he did, that he saw all the time… Why do you think he does that stupid thing?”
Perez’s verbal onslaught didn’t end there, however, as he also tore into Mendes, who is the agent of both Ronaldo and Mourinho.
The two aren’t believed to see eye to eye, judging by Perez’s comments.
The Madrid president claimed Mendes and Mourinho both have “terrible egos” and could make “much more money” if they didn’t.
“Mendes does not command anything in him. Just as he does not command anything in Mourinho,” Perez said.
“Zero patatero. Even for the interviews. Nothing. No f*****g case.
“These are guys with a terrible ego, both spoiled, the coach and him, and they don’t see reality, because both of them could earn much more money if they were otherwise.
“These are two abnormal, because we are talking about a lot of money in the field of image rights.
“Also, with that face that they have, with that challenging way, that everyone dislikes them… If the publicity is the opposite, it is the opposite!”.
The context of Perez’s quotes is currently unknown, but the Madrid chief came out swinging in his response and claimed the leaks had come about due to his involvement in the European Super League.
Perez argued that there was no context attributed to his quotes, which he claims were secretly recorded without his knowledge.
His statement read: “The published quotes were part of conversations secretly recorded by Mr. José Antonio Abellán, who has been trying to sell the recordings for many years without any success.
“I find it surprising that they have been published today by El Confidencial, despite the time that has elapsed.
“They are isolated quotes that were part of conversations and have been taken out of the wider context in which they were made.
“I understand that the fact that they have been published now, so many years on from the time the conversations took place, owes to my involvement as one of the driving forces behind the Super League.
“I have placed the matter in the hands of my lawyers, who are examining the course of action to be taken.”