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Florentino Pérez wants Tennis star to take over from him as Real Madrid President

Florentino Pérez has backed one of world’s most famous tennis player Rafael Nadal to become Real Madrid’s President in the future.

Nadal, a prominent supporter of Real Madrid since 2014, made a major impact in the signing of midfielder Marco Asensio that year.

Pérez, who is currently the president of the club, says he would like to see the 17-time grand slam champion take over his position in the coming years.

The 72-year-old Spanish businessman has been the president of the La Liga giants since 2000.

“Nadal would be a magnificent choice for the presidency of Real Madrid.” Perez told El Confidential last week.

“(Nadal) is one of the best ambassadors of Real Madrid in the world.” he added.

The current world No. 1 previously suggested that he is open to the idea of becoming president.

“You never know what will happen. Everybody knows that I love football and that Real Madrid is my team.” Nadal told reporters in June 2017.

“Talking about that now is a bit of a utopia but if you ask me, of course I would like to be president. In any case, we’re doing just fine as we are, we have a great president and I don’t think Real Madrid need me for anything.”

However, he will not be able to do so anytime soon unless Real Madrid changes their election rules – stating that presidential candidates are required to be a member of the club for at least 20 years beforehand.

In Nadal’s case, he would achieve that requirement in 2031 when he turns 45.

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