Tennis icon Rafael Nadal has expressed his wish to become the President of the legendary football club Real Madrid. He hinted at a possible future career move as Real Madrid president as the Grand Slam tennis star toyed with a possible role at the iconic football club.
The 37-year-old has marked his name as one of the greatest players in the history of tennis and being a fan of the football sport, he desired to go for this role as well. With Perez now 76, he has reportedly been keeping an eye out for a successor to his role, having overseen a drastic renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Could 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal be that person? Nadal, an avid Real Madrid fan and an honorary club member, admits it would be a role that interests him.
What is Rafael Nadal’s say on this?
In a television interview on Movistar+ on Monday, Rafael Nadal said that it is not something that’s on his mind right now, and he promises that. When asked whether he would like to do this role or not, he said yes, he thinks so. Now at this point, it’s not something that he is thinking about for a number of reasons, they have the best president possible, then no one ever knows in life what you might think now, and what you might think tomorrow, the tennis legend added.
To run for president of Real Madrid, you have to hold Spanish nationality, be a member of the club for 20 years and be able to personally guarantee 15% of the club’s annual budget. Nadal admits he may not be able to meet the current criteria at the moment. He also said that he is quite realistic with himself and he knows his limitations and he is not sure if he would be capable. Time will tell.
Carlo Ancelotti in this regard
Ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League opener against Union Berlin on Wednesday evening, head coach Carlo Ancelotti was asked about the possibility of Rafael Nadal one day becoming president.
The Italian says the Liga club “totally admire” Nadal. He also said that During his time here, they’ve had a president who is Florentino and he’s doing a fantastic job,” the 64-year-old told reporters. He can’t think of a better president. They’re very proud that Nadal, who they totally admire, is a real ‘Madridista’.
Nadal has not played tennis competitively since the 2023 Australian Open in January due to a long-term hip injury. He might make his return soon, and apart from that, it would really be a treat to watch if he becomes the president of the club he adores, at some point in time.