Florentino Perez to continue as Real Madrid president until 2021
Florentino Perez will remain as Real Madrid president for another four years after no other candidates stepped forward to run against him.
Perez called an election on June 8, with June 18 the deadline for prospective opposition candidates to announce they would compete for the presidency.
Not one club member decided to launch a campaign during that 10-day period, though, and the electoral board confirmed on Monday that Perez has subsequently been elected for a fifth term.
“As no other candidature was put forward to the board it is proclaimed that Mr Florentino Perez Rodriguez is president of Real Madrid,” a brief statement confirmed.
The electoral board also ratified that Fernando Fernandez Tapias, Eduardo Fernandez de Blas and Pedro Lopez Jimenez will continue as Perez’s vice presidents.
Perez was first elected in 2000 on the promise of restructuring the club’s finances and bringing in Luis Figo from Barcelona, which kickstarted the Galactico era.
Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo and David Beckham followed Figo to the Santiago Bernabeu and Perez was re-elected in 2004 with 94.2 percent of the votes.
However, despite signing some of the world’s finest players, results on the pitch weren’t satisfactory and — despite massive increases in marketing revenue — Perez resigned in 2006, conceding that the club would benefit from a new direction.
Perez was not away for long, though, and returned in 2009, immediately making his mark on the club again by signing Kaka and pushing through the deal for Cristiano Ronaldo agreed by previous president Ramon Calderon.
Elected again in 2013, the last four years have been the most successful of the Perez era, with Madrid winning three Champions Leagues and one La Liga title in that time.
That success meant it was unlikely anyone would have been able to better him in an election and he will now remain in his position until 2021.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.