Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are often accused by each other’s fanbase of match-fixing scandals. The so-called ‘purchase’ of referees is one of the Spanish media’s favourite and bestselling topics.
El Confidencial has revealed what they claim to be a conversation between RFEF president Rubiales and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
The conversation is dated back to the Blaugranas‘ game against Real Sociedad in the 2019/20 season. The transcript is as follows:
Rubiales: “How are you?”
Pique: “Fu**ed. They messed up today.”
Rubiales: “What happened? Didn’t VAR see it?”
Pique: “Well, they didn’t check VAR. And it’s a clear penalty.”
Pique: “VAR did nothing. They should’ve told the referees, especially when they blew the whistle for Busi in the first half.”
Should this revelation be proven true, it would come as a black mark on Gerard Pique’s illustrious career. Using one’s personal relationships with the president of a governing body to complain, and possibly help the team is an issue that needs to be treated more seriously.
Madrid fans, especially, have not taken this well, and understandably so, due to the obvious conflict of interest.
I have no idea how this isn’t bigger headline news in world football.— The Real Champs (@TheRealChampsFS) April 21, 2022
We are talking about a major conflict of interest.
Here is prominent player potentially trying to use his relationship with a governing body’s president to help his own team/career. https://t.co/x1YnXJnuUG
The same outlet recently released information about the centre-back’s involvement in the Spanish Super Cup being shifted to Saudi Arabia.
Pique explained the controversy and accepted his role in the decision, stating that everything they had done was legal.
“Everything we have done is legal, I’m going to expose my part in the conflict of interest I want to show my face because I have nothing to hide. I am proud of what we do at Kosmos,” he said.
Given that El Confidencial got that report spot on, there is a high chance that the leaked conversation is true too.
Real Madrid midfielder on Kylian Mbappe’s potential arrival: “He’s always welcome”
Over the past few years, the story of Kylian Mbappe’s move to Real Madrid has dominated media outlets regularly. The 25-year-old has been at the club’s doorstep several times in the past, but the deal was never complicated.
There, is, however, something different about the rumours this time around. Mbappe has openly announced his departure from PSG not only to the administration but also to the dressing room, when his contract expires in the summer.
Furthermore, it has also been reported that Mbappe’s arrival has also been announced in the Real Madrid locker room.
Comment from a player
Despite rumours strongly doing the rounds, there has been a queer silence from the offices and dressing room of Real Madrid over Mbappe’s possible signing.
However, Los Blancos’ star midfielder Federico Valverde broke the ice over the World Cup winner’s arrival, saying,
“Kylian Mbappé is a great player, he’s always welcome,” he said via El Chiringuito.
As revealed recently, the Merengues have tabled a proposal involving wages between €19 million to €22 million per season, a Ballon d’Or clause of €15 million and a massive signing-on bonus for the player.
It remains to be seen, however, if the Frenchman’s entourage are satisfied with the offer.
Mbappe’s arrival will bring another of world football’s elite names into the dressing room at Santiago Bernabeu.
With Vinicius Jr already firmly rooted in the left-wing position, however, Mbappe will not have his preferred position available at Real Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti thus sees three possible tactical adjustments to fit Mbappe into his dynamics. Two of the aforementioned three ideas see a 4-4-2 adopted with Rodrygo being dropped, while a 4-3-3 would mean Real Madrid sacrifice a midfielder like Eduardo Camavinga.
Needless to say, the pressure will be on Ancelotti to find a role for the Frenchman superstar without affecting the team’s current dynamics or balance.