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Latest update : 2009-05-15

Spanish businessman Florentino Perez has announced he will again run for the job of Real Madrid president. He already led the club - known as "Los Galacticos" for their success in amassing European and Spanish trophies - from 2000 to 2006.

AFP - Former Real Madrid president Florentino Perez,  who helped bring a host of world stars to the club including David Beckham, Thursday announced he plans to return to the post in elections next month.
  
The hugely successful businessman said he made the decision as a result of the "serious events" at the reigning Spanish champions in recent months.
  
Former president Ramon Calderon resigned on January 16 over allegations he rigged voting at the club's last general assembly in December, which approved its financial accounts.
  
A judge last week placed Calderon and 13 others, including caretaker president Vicente Boluda, under judicial investigation, the first step to formal charges, for suspected corruption and fraud.
  
"We have experienced three years of convulsion and improper behaviour at the greatest sports institution in the world," Perez told a news conference.
  
"This club has always been characterised by fairness and generosity. It is a sad period that we must overcome."
  
Perez promised a "a spectacular sports plan" for the club.
  
"We have to compete with Chelsea, with Manchester United, with Barcelona, we want to lead European football again," he said.
  
Perez led Real from 2000 to 2006, when it earned the nickname "Los Galacticos", winning the Primera Liga twice and European Champions League with  such stars as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Beckham.
  
The newspaper El Pais said Tuesday that 2008 World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United have both signed agreements with Real regarding the Portuguese winger's transfer to the Spanish side at the end of this season.
  
It said Perez has already discussed the payment of 80 million euros (109 million dollars) with Ronaldo's agent Jorge Mendes.
  
Perez Thursday declined to discuss possible signings at the club following the June 14 election. But he mentioned the possible return of Zidane and former coach Jorge Valdano of Argentina.
  
"Everyone knows that Valdano and Zidane are two people who have been very important for Real Madrid, who respond perfectly to the image that I want to put out," he said.
  
He said his decision to leave the club in 2006 was "wrong," as he mistakenly believed that "stability was guaranteed."
  
"I am capable of bringing back to the club the institutional stability that it needs and present a winning sports plan for Madrid."
  
With three games remaining in the current campaign Real are second in the table eight points behind to arch-rivals Barcelona, who are virtually assured of the title.
  
Barcelona also won the Kings Cup with a 4-1 rout of Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, and will play Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome on May 27.

Date created : 2009-05-14

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