Real Madrid – La Liga Spoke of Real Madrid president’s influence
Antonio Cassano, who played for Real Madrid from 2006 until 2008, spoke about his time with the club and highlighted the influence of president Florentino Perez.
The 38-year-old had a chat with former Italian international colleague Christian Vieri about his experience.
“I was at Real Madrid and it is something different from the rest of the world,” Cassano said on Vieri’s podcast.
“At this moment Florentino Perez is the Pope, the King and the Cardinal.
“If he decides to offer you one [year contract] and you have an agreement with another team that offers you three, he will decide if you stay.
“Look, [Luka] Modric was going to leave, he stayed and won the Ballon d’Or. [Fabio] Cannavaro, the same.
“That year he had played well with Juventus but they could have given it to [Gigi] Buffon or [Zinedine] Zidane if it wasn’t for the World Cup headbutt,” Cassano said, highlighting Perez’s influence.
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic made a joke about the Ballon d’Or a couple of years ago and said that Florentino always won it,” Cassano added.
Ibrahimovic did indeed make such a claim in 2018.
“Messi was competing for the Ballon d’Or with Florentino Perez, not Cristiano [Ronaldo],” the Swede then stated.