Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has branded Iker Casillas and Raul Gonzalez the “biggest frauds” in the club’s history in an audio recording from 2006 that was leaked on Tuesday.
Perez was speaking after leaving the role for the first time, a decision he said in the leaked audio was partly down to Raul.
Casillas and Raul both left the club during Perez’s second tenure but have since returned following their retirement as players. Casillas works for the Real Madrid Foundation and Raul is the coach of the B team, Castilla.
“He is not good enough to be the goalkeeper for Real Madrid, what do you want me to say?” Perez says of Casillas in the audio, which first appeared in El Confidencial. “He is not. And he never has been.
“It is the big mistake we made. What has happened is that [broken audio] they adore him, they want to speak with him… I don’t know. They defend him so much. But, well, he is one of the big frauds of Madrid. The second is Raul. The two biggest frauds at Madrid are first Raul and then Casillas.
“[Zinedine] Zidane’s a great guy. And [David] Beckham and Ronaldo… But then there are the others that think that… let’s see. Raul is a bad person.
“He thinks Madrid is his and he uses everything there is in Madrid, developing everything for his own benefit. Him and his agent. They are to blame for Madrid not doing well.
“Look, I left, among other reasons, because of him. Because he, now he considers his time ending, says: ‘Before I go, I am going to end Madrid.’ He is a negative guy, he is destroying Madrid and the morale of the players so that people say: ‘It’s because Madrid are bad, not Raul.’ It’s terrible how bad this guy is.”
Raul left Real Madrid in 2010 after 18 years at the club, going on to play for Schalke, Al Sadd and New York Cosmos before returning in a coaching capacity in 2018.
Casillas left having turned out for Madrid on 725 occasions.
By FARPost Reporter