La Liga giants Real Madrid on Tuesday announced that their president Florentino Perez, who is in his second term at the club, has tested positive for Covid-19.
This news comes as a further blow to them after coach Zinedine Zidane also tested positive last month.
“Real Madrid confirms that our president Florentino Perez has given a positive result in the COVID-19 tests to which he is subjected periodically, although he is not presenting any symptoms,” the San Bernabeu club issued the statement.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 2, 2021
Madrid defender Nacho Fernadez also delivered a positive result last week. Zidane earlier was asymptomatic and returned to Madrid’s training ground on Tuesday morning following his period of isolation.
Perez is in his second term as Real Madrid president, which began in 2009. He was also in charge of the club between 2000 and 2006.
The club have won five La Liga titles and the Champions League five times with Perez at the helm.
According to the club’s website, Perez “has restored Real Madrid’s international prestige…has put the institution’s finances in good shape, transforming it into the richest club in the world.”
But Madrid are struggling this season, with the team 10 points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga, having played one game more. They were also knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Alcoyano in a shock defeat last month.