After Barcelona announced their re-elected new President, Joan Laporta, their archrival also does the same. However, unlike the Catalan side which had to go through a long process with eventually three final candidates in the final round, Real Madrid simply re-elected their incumbent, Florentino Perez. The 74-year old businessman was even elected without any contenders despite the fact that the the application for the potential rivals had been opened earlier this month.
The internal rule in Real Madrid apprently enables such decision on electing the unopposed candidates. Los Merengues made a statement officially below:
"This Electoral Board, having seen only one candidacy presented and by virtue of article 40, section E, point 2 of the club's current bylaws, proclaims Don Florentino Perez Rodriguez as president of Real Madrid."
Such circumstance, in fact, is not the first time in the history of Real Madrid presidential election. The last two similar events took place in 2017 and 2013. Strangely both also involved the very same man, Florentino Perez. In this sixth term, he is set to lead Los Blancos until 2025 with promises for more silverwares to come and probably star players in Santiago Bernabeu.
Since he took charge of the management in July 2000, the club has clinched 47 titles in two sports, 26 in football: 5 UEFA Champions League, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 5 LaLigas, 2 Copa del Rey and 5 Spanish Super Cups. And 21 in basketball: 2 European Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 6 Leagues, 6 Copa del Rey and 6 Spanish Super Cups. The CEO of a civil engineering company, groupo ACS, has also been well-known for his megaproject 'Los Galacticos', which is to bring in the world's best players in the squad to be the world's best club. In his first stint between 2000-2006, he managed to sign Luis Figo, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Ronaldo and the current manager Zinedine Zidane, whether the second spell which began in 2009, Perez once again promoted his Galacticos policy and was able to capture Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.
The interesting part about this event is that this era would also be third time Perez faces neck-to-neck with Barcelona's most wanted president, Joan Laporta. They both were rivals previously in 2003-2006, which is the dawn era of Real Madrid, quite the opposite to the Catalan side. One short period was in 2009/10, Laporta's last year was still Barcelona's glorious one as Los Merengues won none. Now, would the return of Laporta be the sign of Perez's failure? Perhaps not this season as Karim Benzema and Co has been more superior than Blaugrana. They have advanced to UCL semifinal and been the frontrunner for defending La Liga title as well.