The club president looked to the future, analyzing the impact of COVID-19 and calling for innovation in the way football is structured.

Real Madrid need to innovate and find formulas to keep football attractive

Real Madrid’s member’s assembly took place on Sunday morning, and Florentino Perez addressed the club’s fans, discussing several different issues. The club president looked to the future, analyzing the impact of COVID-19 and calling for innovation in the way football is structured. “Nothing will be the same as it used to be,” Perez told members who were unable to attend this assembly in person and who instead connected remotely. “We need to innovate and find formulas to keep football attractive.” Real Madrid were there for the foundation of FIFA and the European Cup. Now, the current model needs to be stepped up as the impact that COVID-19 has had has shown this. We need a new boost, and Real Madrid will be there. Everyone is calling for a change in the global competitive landscape. There is saturation and the most important supporters who suffer.

Zidane is a symbol for Madrid, as a coach and player

“There are consequences for the players, too, with injuries. So, a reshaping of football should not wait. There is a need to change. The biggest clubs in Europe have millions of fans, and we cannot turn our backs on them.” Perez turned to discuss the LaLiga title, which the club won in 2019/20. “We are proud of the players because they gave everything to win the title, to offer it to the fans,” he stated. “Zinedine Zidane was in the lead and now has 11 Real Madrid coach titles. He is a symbol for us as a coach and player. We continue to trust this team until the end of the season, with our captain Sergio Ramos, who has just been selected to the dream team of the year for the 11th time. We know that it is demanding to play at Real Madrid and therefore the team wants more.”

Further, the president discussed some of the club’s sporting decisions and focused on the current recruitment policy. “We have extraordinary players with young people for the future and even some who are already in the first team,” the president explained. “The combination of youth and veterans has brought us success in recent years. Our planning has brought titles, and that means we can stay calm during this time”. During the assembly, Perez also wished Iker Casillas well in retirement, congratulated the basketball team and offered condolences to the families of those who the Real Madrid family have lost this past year.