Florentino Perez once again called for the Premier League to be introduced, attacking PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in the process.
Perez was one of those behind the proposed creation of the Premier League, and despite the backlash from fans around the world, he remained adamant that it should be introduced.
Speaking at Real Madrid’s annual general meeting, he continued to push for it, saying that football would benefit greatly from the top teams that play regularly with each other, compared to tennis.
“Our sport is sick,” he said. “It is losing its leadership as a world sport.”
“We must not be confused by the influence Real Madrid European Cup race [in the Champions League last season] When we participated in seven matches with the highest degree of intensity and interest. This was the result of the lottery and the quality and greatness of our team. It was a scene that helped bring the excitement back to the viewers.
“That is why we believe that European competitions should change, to offer fans high-level matches throughout the year between the strongest teams, with the best players competing.
In tennis, [Rafa] Nadal and [Roger] Federer played 40 games in 15 years. Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic played 59 matches in 16 years. In football, we have played for Liverpool only nine times in our 67 years. We have faced Chelsea four times in the history of the European Cup. What does it mean to deprive the fans of all these matches? “
Paris Saint-Germain It was one of the few big clubs that did not support the Premier League when this was announced, with President Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of the European Club Association, speaking in his criticism of it.
In his speech, Peres addressed him directly, responding to such criticism.
“The ECA president recently said, speaking of the Premier League, that Real Madrid is afraid of competition. Perhaps the ECA president should be reminded of who Real Madrid is. Competition is in our DNA,” he said.