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Real Madrid Refuted Claims of Florentino Perez’s Retirement

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7th August 2023
Real Madrid Refuted Claims of Florentino Perez’s Retirement
Florentino Perez is not stepping down (Getty)

The Claim

Florentino Perez is set to resign from his position as Real Madrid president.

Emerging story

Recently, social media users circulated a claim alleging that Florentino Perez, Real Madrid’s current president, is set to resign from his position.

According to some reports, “Florentino Peréz could announce his retirement and leave Real Madrid after the inaguration of the new Santiago Bernabèu in December. He wants Mbappè to be his last signing. Don't leave us, papa,” one user tweeted.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the widely circulated claim and found it to be fake.

Real Madrid has issued a statement refuting the rumors surrounding Florentino Perez's potential resignation from his position as club president.

Florentino Perez is Not Stepping Down

As per the official statement from the Madrid club on August 5, there was a rumor circulating on social media alleging that Florentino Perez was contemplating stepping down as president. 

However, the club has categorically denied these claims and stated that the rumors are entirely false. They attributed the spread of these rumors to certain interests that are disconnected from reality. In essence, Real Madrid aims to quash the speculation and reaffirms Perez's position as the club's president.

The translated official statement reads, "Faced with a rumor that appeared on some social networks stating that president Florentino Perez was supposedly considering leaving the presidency of the club, Real Madrid CF wants to state the following: That these rumors are totally false and obey some interests that are nothing they have to do with reality. And that at the next General Assembly of Representative Members of Real Madrid, the club's Board of Directors will not propose on the agenda any point in which the name of Real Madrid City is discussed."

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Photo Description: A screenshot of Real Madrid’s official statement.

Who Is Florentino Perez?

Florentino Perez, an engineer and businessman, brought Real Madrid back to global prominence during his two terms as president. Under his leadership, the club won an impressive total of 57 trophies, including six European Cups in football and three in basketball. He successfully restored the club's finances, making Real Madrid the wealthiest sports club in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of Real Madrid’s article about Perez.

Perez's tenure was marked by stadium improvements and the construction of the Ciudad Real Madrid training complex. He reigned as president for over a decade and continued to modernize the club by establishing residences for both the first-team and academy players.

Real Madrid’s Attempts to Sign Kylian Mbappe

The Kylian Mbappe transfer saga has resurfaced in the public eye once again, this time due to rumors surrounding Perez's resignation as president of the club. 
Real Madrid is currently in pursuit of signing Kylian Mbappe, the French player. Rumors have been circulating for some time regarding Real Madrid's interest in acquiring Mbappe during the ongoing summer transfer window.

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Photo Description: A screenshot of the Mirror’s article about Mbappe’s transfer saga.

Various sports media outlets have reported that Real Madrid is closely observing Mbappe's situation with Paris Saint-Germain and is preparing to present an official offer to secure his services, either during the current window or potentially waiting until his contract expires next summer. As of now, there have been no official announcements regarding the progress of the negotiations.

The ongoing transfer saga of the French star continues to prolong, and recent speculation has been fueled by a photo posted on social media over the weekend showing Madrid player Rodrygo posing with Mbappe.

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