Perez on a Clasico UCL final: Real have already beaten Barca twice this year
The prospect of a Champions League final against Barcelona isn’t something Florentino Perez is shying away from, and he has hinted that he would welcome it.
Despite both sides having such an illustrious European pedigree for several decades, they have never met in the final of the continent’s premier club competition.
That could change this year and the Real Madrid president has claimed he’d look forward to it given their two Supercopa de Espana wins earlier in the campaign.
“The important thing for is to reach the final and I imagine that we’ll have to play Bayern first,” he told Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We always seem to play against them. But if we were to play Barcelona in the final, I remember that earlier this year we beat them twice in the Supercopa: 3-1 away and 2-0 at home.”
The Real supremo also offered some praise to Juventus supporters for the way in which they conducted themselves with a round of applause in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning overhead kick in Turin last week.
“What happened there was very exciting and shows the greatness of Juventus and their fans,” he added.
“Ronaldo’s goal was one of the most beautiful in football history. A wonderful goal by the best player in the world.
“He also called me Juan Carlos, the king of my time, when I called him to congratulate him.”
Given that Perez’s interview was with an Italian outlet, he also revealed which legend of the game in the peninsula he had been desperate to bring to the Spanish capital.
“[Francesco] Totti is one of the legends that everyone wanted to sign,” he admitted.
“Before 2006, at the beginning of my term as president, I called him and asked him if he would come to Real.
“But he told me that he couldn’t leave Roma.”