Real Madrid president blamed for club's woes

Author: AFP
Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon,has pointed accusing fingers at his successor, Florentino Perez, by blaming him as the main cause of the dwindling fortunes of Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

According to Calderon, the dismissal of Real Madrid coach, Julen Lopetegu, on Monday was only to save the face of Perez .

Branding the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo as a historic mistake, Calderon said the selling of their talisman without replacing him with a player of his standard had led to the chain of defeats of Real Madrid,  so the outgoing coach should not be held liable.

"He signed him  (Lopetegu) just two days before the World Cup started, so damaging our national team, and now he's sacking him. So that's the problem, I think he (Lopetegui) is not to be blamed." Calderon said

"Unfortunately it's another one of the president's whims," Calderon said. "If he was the right man in June, only four months ago, he cannot be unfit now” He lamented

Calderon  also questioned the decision to sell  Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus at the end of last season, saying,"That has been the main problem, to transfer Cristiano in June has been a historic mistake, and we are paying for that now."

After appointing Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup, Real Madrid's 5-1 loss to Barcelona on Sunday was reportedly more of an excuse than a breaking point for Perez.

Calderom replaced Perez as  Real Madrid president at the Santiago Bernabeu between 2006 and 2009, but Perez reclaimed the position he has held since.