President Florentino Perez of Real Madrid has tested positive for coronavirus.
“Real Madrid CF would like to inform that our president Florentino Perez has tested positive in the Covid-19 tests that he periodically undergoes, although he is not showing any symptoms.”Real Madrid CF would like to report that our president, Florentino Perez, has tested positive in the Covid-19 tests he periodically undergoes, even though he does not display any symptoms.
To return to work at Santiago Bernabeu, Perez will now spend the next 10 days in quarantine and will have to report a negative test after that time.
Back in 2009, the 73-year-old was re-elected as president of Madrid for a second time, presiding over the club’s ninth European Cup triumph and running for two La Liga titles during his first spell in the boardroom.
Over the last 11 years, the Blancos have scaled even greater heights, with a further four Champions League crowns added to the ever-growing trophy collection of the club.
Madrid also took their tally of La Liga victories from 31 to 34, the latest of which was delivered in 2019-20 by Zinedine Zidane.
However, Zidane’s men were unable to sustain the same degree of consistency this term, falling in the table 10 points behind Atletico Madrid leaders.
Two weeks after French head coach Zidane posted a promising test of his own, Perez was laid low with Covid-19, meaning he was absent from the dugout during fixtures against Alaves and Levante.
Since contracting the disease last month, Blancos defender Nacho Fernandez also took a spell of self-isolation and was not at risk for the team’s new fixture despite having now been cleared to engage in training again.
On Saturday, Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Levante and now have a mountain to conquer if the Liga trophy is to be kept at the end of the season.
When the defending champions fly to Estadio El Alcoraz to take on Huesca on Saturday, which is now a must-win game for his side, Zidane may be back on the sidelines.
Three days later, the 13-time champions of the European Cup will play host to Getafe before their attention moves to another home match against Valencia on February 14.