Raul and Cassilas were the "biggest frauds" of Real Madrid - Florentino Perez
|Real Madrid president Florentino Perez called Raul Gonzales and Iker Cassilas the biggest fraud of the club in leaked audio by El Confidencial. (Photo credit: Marca)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has thrown the entire footballing world into a rude shock with a leak of his audio where he said the club legends “Raul Gonzalez and Iker Casillas are the biggest frauds” the club has ever witnessed!
Perez, who returned as Real Madrid president in 2009, was speaking after leaving the role for the first time, a decision he said in the leaked audio was partly down to Raul and was reported to have been made in 2006.
Cassilas and Raul have both returned to the club after retirement as players and it is worth noting that both players left the club when Perez was still president.
"He is not good enough to be the goalkeeper for Real Madrid, what do you want me to say?" Perez says of Casillas in the audio, which first appeared in El Confidencial.
"He thinks Madrid is his and he uses everything there is in Madrid, developing everything for his own benefit. Him and his agent. They are to blame for Madrid not doing well.
"Look, I left, among other reasons, because of him. Because he, now he considers his time ending, says: 'Before I go, I am going to end Madrid.' He is a negative guy, he is destroying Madrid and the morale of the players so that people say: 'It's because Madrid are bad, not Raul.' It's terrible how bad this guy is."
"He is not. And he never has been.
"It is the big mistake we made. What has happened is that [broken audio] they adore him, they want to speak with him. ... I don't know. They defend him so much. But, well, he is one of the big frauds of Madrid. The second is Raul. The two biggest frauds at Madrid are first Raul and then Casillas.
"[Zinedine] Zidane's a great guy. And [David] Beckham and Ronaldo. ... But then there are the others that think that ... let's see. Raul is a bad person.
Later on Tuesday, Real Madrid released an official statement on behalf of Perez where he claimed the audio was leaked because of his involvement in promoting the recently failed European Super League project.
The statement read: "Given the story in El Confidencial, in which comments are attributed to me, I think it's necessary to clarify:
"The comments were made in conversation with D. Jose Antonio [Abellan], who has been unsuccessfully trying to sell them for years. It's surprising that given the time that has passed, they have appeared today in the newspaper El Confidencial.
"The comments are taken out of the context in which they were made. That they are reproduced now, after so many years, I believe is due to my role as one of the promoters of the European Super League.