According to a report from Marca, Perez believed that the two players were not good enough to play for Los Blancos back in 2006. The club president felt that Casillas lacked in height and good eyesight. He also felt that Raul was a negative character.
His controversial statement has now been leaked, and it has caused a furore amongst the fans.
Perez said: “Casillas is not a Real Madrid standard goalkeeper. What can I say? He’s not and never has been. He has been a big failure of ours. The problem is people adore him, love him, talk to him. They defend him so much.
“He is one of the biggest frauds, and the other is Raul. The two biggest Real Madrid frauds are first Raul and second Casillas. The players are very selfish. You can’t count on them for anything. If you do, you’ve made a mistake, and they’ll let you down. It’s ridiculous. I have an awful view of the players.”
Both players are considered legends of the La Liga club, and the disrespect from Florentino Perez has not gone down too well.
Casillas is undoubtedly one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, and he helped his club and country when every trophy possible.
The way his departure was handled was quite controversial and disappointing. The surfacing of Perez’s comments will only make things worse.
Meanwhile, Raul Gonzalez is one of the best strikers in the club’s history and to label him as fraud is simply absurd.
Both players are currently employed by Real Madrid in some capacity, and it will be interesting to see how they react to these reports.
Perez’s tenure as the Real Madrid chief has been filled with controversies despite his ability to win the major trophies.
The fans will probably feel that the two players deserve more respect for their contributions to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Perez has now released a statement regarding the audio leak, and he has confirmed that his lawyers will take legal action against the outlet that has released the leak. He also claims that these acts are designed to ruin his reputation.
Statement from Real Madrid president
– 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.Statement from Real Madrid president