More importantly, however, he has eliminated almost any means of criticism. For example, it was instructive to read Madrid media reports about the Mbabane deal. Instead of a defeat for Madrid, Mbabane’s decision was seen as mercenary and treacherous, as a curve that gave the word to Perez and then betrayed him.
Mbabane’s family was so upset by the image that his mother publicly corrected him, claiming on Twitter that his son had never “said a word” to Real Madrid.
The fact that he chose “El Chiringuito” for his first appearance in the Super League was not accidental. The show regularly features prominent Madrid supporters Journalists who are known to cry over the club’s success, or to protest against them – Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard – who are believed to have insulted the club.
The show is not that, outlier. Perez oversees a vast network of flexible news media outlets that depend not only on his grace and goodwill for information and access, but also on a large scale and large number of his business interests. Perez has always claimed that he is strong just because he is the president of Real Madrid, but that is not the case. He is strong in many other ways as well.
This allowed him to manage Real Madrid as he saw fit. Despite its size, the club hierarchy is relatively tight, with many decision-makers overseeing Perez; Its CEO Jose Angel Sanchez; And his main scout, Juni Calafat. In this sense, Real Madrid is something distinctive, almost a step backwards, in an era when most of its peers diversified and deepened.
Perez, of course, insists it works: the five Champions League finals in nine years are all the proof he needs. This is probably his biggest gift. Whatever he does, no matter how unlikely, Perez has an excellent ability to appear triumphant.
It could have been the year that destabilized the kingdom he had so painfully built. Instead, it could be a year that has strengthened it forever.