Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has seen his name dragged to the muds, after recent leaked audio clips has stirred controversy in Spain.
Spanish newspaper El Confidencial have released a series of recordings over the past week in which Perez has attacked a host of former Real players, calling Iker Casillas and Raul two of the ‘biggest frauds’ in the club’s history. The recent leak also has Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata and former star Cristiano Ronaldo in it.
Mata came through the Real Madrid academy and played 39 times for the relegated Castilla side before being sold to Valencia in 2007.
Mata would go on to have a successful playing career where he has won the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup, European Championship and World Cup. An angry Perez lashed out at the then Real Madrid B manager Michel for, in the leaked clip, as he claimed that Michel forced Mata out of the club to play his son.
In a Real Madrid B team that had Mata, Alvaro Negredo, Marcelo, Jose Callejon and Dani Parejo among others, Michel only had a win ratio of 30%, which forced them into relegation.
“I think Michel is the one who made the hole for Mata [to leave], he is the one who threw him out of Real Madrid Castilla to put his son in the team,” says Perez in the recording. “He is a fraud!”
Perez also fired at former Manchester United star who was signed by Real Madrid for a then world record transfer fee.
He said: “He is mad. This chap is an imbecile, he is ill.
“Do you think this chap is normal? He is not normal, otherwise he wouldn’t do the things he does. The last foolish thing he did, everyone around the world saw it. Why do you think he does that foolish thing?”