Previous disagreements of Florentino Perez with captains

09 Mar 2019

The argument between Florentino Perez and Sergio Ramos in the dressing room in the aftermath of Real Madrid‘s Champions League elimination was not the president’s first row with one of the club’s captains.

Perez has had a few disagreements with those wearing the armband over the course of his two stints in charge of the club.

The most similar case took place as far back as 2003, with Fernando Hierro.

Their relationship had already soured the previous summer when the players didn’t fully celebrate the UEFA Super Cup victory in Monaco as they were upset at the way Fernando Morientes had been treated in the signing of Ronaldo Nazario.

Then, at the end of the 2002/03 season, Perez again criticised the squad for their attitude during the celebrations of the LaLiga title and the relationship with Hierro was never the same again.

The captain was set to renew his contract at the club, but ended up leaving in that summer of 2003.

There were also ups and downs in the relationships between Perez and Raul and between Perez and Iker Casillas, although any squabbles never quite matched those the president has had with Hierro and Ramos.

In Casillas‘ case, there was tension when Gianluigi Buffon was linked with a move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Then, when the goalkeeper departed, both men disagreed about the manner of his farewell, although there is now an agreement to hold a testimonial match when he retires.

Raul‘s relationship with Perez has always been less rocky, and he is currently a coach in the youth academy of the club.

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