REPORT: Los Blancos re-elected Fiorentino Perez as President of the club for another long term
As expected, and in the absence of other candidates, Florentino Pérez will once again take the reins of Real Madrid for another four years, until 2025. Except for the period between February 27, 2006 and June 1, 2009 (1,190 days, curiously three years, three months and three days), the Chamartín club has not known another president than the Madrid businessman. He does so ten days after reaching 1,000 games as president of Real Madrid. It will be his sixth term at the helm of the Concha Espina club. An entity that under his leadership has been modernizing throughout this 21st century. Not surprisingly, the club has 47 titles under his mandate (39 in the 2011-20 decade) in which five Champions in football stand out (three achieved consecutively) and two European Basketball Cups (the third to last was won in 1995 ) in this last decade.
But Beyond the titles, the modernization work of Florentino Pérez has been impressive. After reaching the presidency in 2000 (he won with more than 55% of the votes), he got down to work. He started by signing the best players of the moment: Figo in 2000, Zidane in 2001, Ronaldo in 2002, Beckham in 2003 … In the 2004-05 campaign, Madrid was baptized as The Madrid of the Ballons d’Or: up to four players who had won the prestigious trophy lined up in white accompanied by players like Raúl, Roberto Carlos, Casillas … but outside the sports field, it should be noted that he modernized the Santiago Bernabéu stadium (It introduced amenities for the white fan such as the introduction of heaters, catering services, escalators and elevators for those who have the subscription in the highest areas of the stadium) and built the Sports City in Valdebebas: previously, he got the Madrid City Council to requalify the lands of the old Sports City, then located near the Plaza de Castilla. With that money he cleaned up the club’s battered accounts (the debt amounted to 65,000 million pesetas). And the construction of the new one began. Located in one of the recently created neighborhoods, it has an area of 1,200,000 m2 in which there are from stadiums (the Alfredo Di Stéfano) to training fields through offices, training pavilions and the residence of both the players of the first team and lower categories.
Florentino left in February 2006, but returned in 2009 to the praise of crowds. The renewal of the Madrid squad began with the hiring of Cristiano Ronaldo (96 million), Kaká (67) and Benzema (45). But it would not be until the 2010-11 campaign when he began to reap the fruits of his work: since then, Madrid has added at least one title per season (19 in total). Your work does not end here: just created the women’s football section Y the Santiago Bernabéu stadium is undergoing a spectacular renovationr that will make it one of the best modern stadiums in the world. But it is not only the football section that has given him satisfaction: in basketball he has added 21 titles, being 20 in this decade from the hand of Pablo Laso