Real Madrid have been unstoppable this season and are yet to drop points across all competitions. It has not been for a lack of hurdles but a strong mentality and feeling of oneness that made the unreal streak possible.
Earlier today, Florentino Perez addressed the assembly at Real Madrid’s General Assembly. His speech sent a powerful message to the world of football and called out loudly for reforms in the structure of European competitions.
During his speech, he also gave resounding replies to the likes of Javier Tebas and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who raised their voice against the Real Madrid president’s ideas in recent weeks. Here are the snippets from his address at the annual event.
On La Liga’s downfall: “La Liga has lost subscribers on TV and their strategy is to charge more to the few who are left. They have turned a product that should be popular into a luxury product.”
On Nasser Al-Khelaifi’s comments: “Maybe Nasser Al-Khelaifi needs to be reminded of who Real Madrid is.”
On the CVC deal: “The CVC project, in addition to being illegal, mortgages the clubs for 50 years. We remain in opposition together with Barcelona and Athletic.”
On the Super League: “The Super League would not be a closed competition. The president of the ECA said that Madrid was afraid of the competition. It would still be necessary to remind him who Real Madrid is.”
On the NFL surpassing the UCL in revenue: “The audiovisual income of the NFL have surpassed those of the Champions League. I repeat: they must be doing something very well in the USA and very badly in Europe. Football is losing the battle.”
On the global status of football economically: “According to Forbes, Real Madrid is the 13th most valuable club in the world, we were 5th before. There are only 3 football clubs in this ranking. They must be doing something very well in the USA and very badly in Europe.”
Comparing European football to the tennis model: “Nadal and Djokovic have played against 59 times, is this boring? Real Madrid and Liverpool have only met 9 times in 67 years. What’s the point of depriving fans of these matches?”
On the need of the hour: “Young people are less and less interested in football, a tendency to reverse before it’s too late. They ask for a quality product that football does not give because current competitions do not attract until the final phases.”
On the recent financial year: “The profit for the 2021-22 financial year was €13m. The net worth is €546m and the treasury holds a figure of €425m.”
On his team’s fine form: “Real Madrid does not allow complacency or relaxation. After winning the Super Cup, we have won all the games we have played, being the only club in the five major leagues to have done so. This is the way.”
On Los Blancos’ UCL run last season: “We experienced memorable matches last season, which reflected Madrid’s DNA. We beat PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.”
On Marcelo’s legacy: “I want to send our love and admiration to Marcelo, the player with the most titles in the history of Real Madrid. Thank you very much, Marcelo.”
On Casemiro’s mark at the club: “Thank you Casemiro, one of our great references. From the 5 Champions Leagues to the Uefa Super Cup with which he said goodbye. Thank you very much, Casemiro”.
On the Ballon d’Or: “Benzema has already received the award for best player of the year from UEFA and in the next few days, he will be awarded the Ballon d’Or. No one doubts it.”
Source: Real Madrid
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.