Amongst all the candidates, the one who looks very likely to win the contest is one of Real Madridâ€™s former presidents, Florentino Perez.
The Spanish man is gaining much support in his campaign, and his success is especially based on his plans to sign the Worldâ€™s Best Player of the Year, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Florentino Perez: The deal for Cristiano Ronaldo is almost done!
The meant-to-be Real Madrid president is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo will join Los Blancos from English side Manchester United. Speaking to Sky Sports, Perez â€“ who is already imagining how the Portuguese Superstar will fit in the squad, declared:
“He’s a player that would be very good if he came to Real Madrid.â€
Reports explained that Cristiano Ronaldo had signed a secret agreement with Real Madrid, meaning that it is now almost totally in his power should he want to go to Spain. The World Player of the Yearâ€™s angry and dejected reaction after Manchester Unitedâ€™s loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final seems to tell that Cristiano Ronaldo is already considering a move from Old Trafford. And these were especially emphasized when Ronaldo retorted that he didn’t know if he’ll be at Old Trafford next season.
But whether these speculations are true or false, Florentino Perez has his mind set on the agreement that was signed last summer.
“What I know is what I’ve read, that there is an agreement by means of which he would come for Â£80million…”
“Next week we will look at the numbers and nobody should doubt that we are going to design with our sporting advisors a spectacular project.”
Florentino Perez regrets that Cristiano Ronaldo isnâ€™t a Real Madrid player since 2007
As part of his campaign, Florentino Perez keeps talking about the prospect of signing Cristiano Ronaldo. But the presidential candidate also used this issue to condemn his foe and former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon, by stating that the Spanish giants should have signed Ronaldo since 2007.
â€œMadrid should have brought Cristiano Ronaldo as Beckhamâ€™s replacement two years ago,â€
â€œThere are specific footballers who can turn out to be very profitable, because of the commercial benefits they bring the club.
â€œFor instance, we once brought in â‚¬15m for playing two matches in Japan. That would not happen in the current climate but they did it then because we had Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham.â€
â€œIf Cristiano Ronaldo comes in, we would have a Nike-endorsed player putting on an Adidas shirt every week,â€ he explained.
â€œIn the previous time, we established a model which allowed us to pay off our debts and raise our income, and we did it by investing in great players.
â€œThey brought money in, the model worked.â€
â€œI wonâ€™t suggest that Beckham did not have to leave in 2007 or that Zidane did not have to in 2006, but we should then have brought in Kaka and Ronaldo.â€
Unless Ronaldo decides to fulfil his promise of staying in Manchester United, it will be hard for Ferguson to succeed in keeping him at the club. Certainly, the old Scot will concede his second defeat against Spanish opposition â€“ this time not against Barcelona in the Champions League, but against the Catalanâ€™s rivals Real Madrid off the pitch.
Angela Asante; Cristiano Ronaldo Expert and CRF Chief Editor