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Spanish outlet El Confidencial has published leaked audio conversations from 2012, where Real Madrid president Florentino Perez labels Cristiano Ronaldo an ‘idiot’, as well as attacking Jose Mourinho and agent Jorge Mendes. The same publication previously published recordings of Perez criticising former Madrid players Iker Casillas and Raul Gonzalez.
These audio files reportedly date back to 2012 when Ronaldo was playing for Real Madrid, after his £80million move from Manchester United.
He scored 46 goals in 38 La Liga games during the 2011-12 campaign – Los Blancos’ club record for most goals scored in a single season.
But that didn’t stop Perez, who has been president of the Madrid since 2009 – in what is his second spell at the club – slating Ronaldo in leaked recordings published by El Confidencial.
On Ronaldo, Perez said: “He’s crazy. This guy is an idiot, a sick man.
“You think this guy is normal, but he is not normal, otherwise he wouldn’t do everything he does.
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“The last stupid thing he did that everyone saw – why do you think he did that?”
The context for these statements is unclear and it is not clear if Perez is actually praising Ronaldo for being such an extraordinary player.
Perez continued his criticism of the Portuguese by also attacking his agent Mendes, who also represents the interests of former Madrid boss Mourinho.
Mourinho was manager of the club at the time, guiding them to the La Liga title in 2012, as they won the league with 100 points.
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“Mendes doesn’t handle anything with [Ronaldo]. Just like he doesn’t handle anything with Mourinho. Even for the interviews. Nothing,” Perez added.
“They are guys with terrible egos, both spoiled – the coach and him – and they don’t see the reality, because both could make a lot more money if they did otherwise.
“They are both abnormal because we are talking about a lot of money.”
In a statement on Real Madrid’s website, Florentino Perez has responded to the leaked recordings and says: “The published quotes were part of conversations secretly recorded by Mr. José Antonio Abellán, who has been trying to sell the recordings for many years without any success.
“I find it surprising that they have been published today by El Confidencial, despite the time that has elapsed.
“They are isolated quotes that were part of conversations and have been taken out of the wider context in which they were made.
“I understand that the fact that they have been published now, so many years on from the time the conversations took place, owes to my involvement as one of the driving forces behind the Super League.
“I have placed the matter in the hands of my lawyers, who are examining the course of action to be taken.”
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