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Florentino Perez re-elected as Real Madrid President

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Florentino Pérez has been re-elected as Real Madrid president until 2021 after no other candidacy was filed in the run-up to the club’s presidential election.

The deadline to file candidacies was set on Sunday midnight and Pérez won the elections uncontested for the third time in a row.

Pérez has overseen a tremendously successful period in the club’s history, with Zinedine Zidane’s men having claimed two La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies in the last four seasons along with other major honours. However, he will be hungry for more success and can kick-off the new season with major additions to the squad and contract renewals.

Determined to bring glory to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Pérez assumed office in 2000 after defeating Lorenzo Sanz, the then club president. In his first term, which ran over six years, Real won two La Liga titles and a record ninth Champions League.

In 2006, Pérez resigned citing reason that the team and the club as a whole needed a new direction. However, after a three-year hiatus, he returned in 2009 and since then has won the elections uncontested.

However, Pérez will have a task in hand with Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly set to leave and efforts being made to sign the 18-year-old Kylian Mbappé.