Florentino Pérez: "Madrid does not need a 9, Benzema is the best in the world"

Florentino Pérez believes that Real Madrid has the best players, as evidenced by his latest titles, and that, contrary to what some suggest, "no need


Benzema (i) drives the ball during the derby against Atletico last Saturday. Rodrigo JimenezEFE

"The strategy is to advance others in the hiring of world soccer stars that emerge," reveals the president of Real Madrid

The white club has been chosen by 'France Football' as the best in the world

Florentino Perez believes that Real Madrid has the best players, as evidenced by his latest titles, and that, contrary to what some suggest, "he does not need a number 9, because Karim Benzema is already the best in the world. that position. "

In an interview published on Tuesday by the French magazine France Football - which distinguishes Real Madrid as the best team in the world based on ten criteria - Pérez rejects the idea that 'meringues' have to be more present in the market of signings to continue existing: "We are not going to spend to spend". "Our strategy, taking into account the market of the signings, the new order that has been installed in recent years, is to advance others in the recruitment of world soccer stars that emerge, " he says. And that's what he does with young players who "will be the protagonists of the future" like Vinicius Junior or Rodrygo.

Asked about when a new era of "galacticos" will arrive, the Madridista president remembers that the last three winners of the Golden Ball have been Real Madrid players, and that it is still the last one, the Croatian Luka Modric, who achieved it "thanks to his football and what he represents. " But beyond Modric, which says "already part of the legend of Real Madrid and symbolizes the values ​​of our club," indicates that they work "so that the future gold balls play with us . "

Florentino Perez is convinced that the young promises that they are betting on "will be solid candidates" for the Golden Ball in the future. To the question of what would recommend to the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) to continue rising in level, his response is very diplomatic: "It is already a great club, a club friend of Real who is part of the elite of football. give advice because he has placed French football in its rightful place. " "Nasser Al Khelaïfi (the president of PSG) has done an excellent job, from there, to keep going up and become a very big club, there is no secret: it takes time."

The remodeling of the Bernabéu

On the instruments of Real Madrid to keep progressing, Florentino Pérez insists that his responsibility is that the team continues to be the one with the most income worldwide , for which, "the remodeling of the Santiago Bernabéu stadium fills us with hope". That renovation, he stresses, will cost 550 million euros, but will allow the club's heritage to be revalued and resources to be optimized better.

Another development vein is the new technologies in the digital universe to establish a greater connection with the fans, taking into account that Real Madrid has 313 million followers in social networks . For the president, the best asset of Real Madrid are "his partners and his fans". "Thanks to his strength, his loyalty, his involvement and his passion, our club has the greatest achievements in the history of football," he says. Remember that the club does not have shareholders, but 93,606 members who "are the true and only owners of this club" .

Florentino Pérez admits that the biggest risk he has assumed as president was when, when he was first elected in 2000, the team was going through "a very difficult economic situation" and personally took out a loan of 150 million euros to pay the debt and change the sports and economic model. That meant the hiring of stars like Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo, Beckham or Owen.

According to the classification of France Football , after Real Madrid with 184 points, the second largest football club in the world is Barcelona with 177 . They are followed by Manchester United (151), Bayern Munich (135) and Liverpool (120).

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REF: https://www.elmundo.es/deportes/futbol/2019/02/11/5c61d98dfc6c83de6a8b4583.html