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Perez: 'I'd say we'll get Bayern in the semis, it's always the way'

Florentino Perez says that Ronaldo is the great heir of Alfredo di Stéfano and that he is everything Real Madrid stand for.

Florentino Pérez, presidente del Real Madrid.

La Gazzetta dello Sport have launched a new supplement called Gazza World with an interview with Real Madrid's Florentino Perez.

The symbols of Real Madrid: "If we are looking at the past, Bernabéu built our history and with Alfredo Di Stéfano, he built a mythical Real Madrid around the world."

The objective is to surpass the six European Cups that Santiago Bernabéu won? "Yes, because Bernabéu is out reference point and we want to continue his journey. FIFA gave us the title of the best club in the 20th Century. We work to get the same recognition for the 21st Century."

The applause for Cristiano in the quarter-finals: "What happened in Turín was touching and showed the greatness of Juve and their fans. Cristiano's goal was one of the most beautiful in history, a marvellous goal from the best player in the world. Even King Juan Carlos called me to say congratulations after it. He is the great heir of Di Stéfano and he reflects the values of Madrid. He is out top goalscorer in history and represents everything we are: talent, work, sacrifice, professionalism, ambition. Cristiano, today, is the symbol of Madrid."

Zidane: "His era has begun. With the arrival of the ninth European Cup, with a new game that has conquered the world. As a trainer, he has won what nobody else has in Madrid: eight titles in two years. He is a football genius and has shown that on the field and on the bench. In 2002 in Glasgow, after that goal, he said to me: "Did you see, president? I don't bring bad luck' Because he it hurt him to have lost two finals with Juventus."

Clásico in the final in Kiev: "The important thing is to get to the final. It could happen because first, I imagine we will get Bayern, we always play against them. But if we meet them in the final, I remember that this year we have won twice in the Super Cup: 1-3 and 2-0 here. But before that, we have to eliminate Juve."

Will Vinicuis arrive next season? "He has personality and a great future. Although we haven't spoken, but we could bring him in on July 18th."

Performance of Higuain in Italy: "It doesn't surprise me, we have the luck to see him play with us. He will always be in the hearts of Madridistas and he knows the affection we remember him with."

Totti: "He is a legend that we would all like to have. In 2006, at the start of my first presidency, we called him to ask him to come, but he told me that he could not move away from Roma." 

How long will you be the president of Real Madrid? "My term ends in 2021 and after that, the members will decide. I will be the president as long as they want me to."


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