Florentino Perez: Zidane is a blessing from heaven, I hope he wins more trophies


Florentino Perez has heaped praise on Zinedine Zidane after he won his ninth final in a row as Real Madrid boss in the Supercopa de Espana.

After a goalless 120 minutes of football, Zidane’s side prevailed from 12 yards as they won the penalty shootout against Atletico Madrid.

“He has plenty of trophies and we’re very happy for him,” Perez said of Zidane.

“I hope that he wins more trophies.

“Zidane has a loving relationship with Real Madrid.

“He decided to rest for a year and now he’s returned with renewed energy.

“Zidane is a blessing from heaven.”

Fede Valverde was sent off late in extra time after bringing down Alvaro Morata as he was baring down on goal.

“We’ll never know what would’ve happened, but he stopped a clear goalscoring opportunity for Morata,” Perez said.

“This allowed us to keep it at 0-0 and get to penalties.

“[Valverde] is one of the great players of this season.”

During the penalty shootout, Thibaut Courtois saved from Thomas Partey as Los Blancos ended up winning 4-1 from the spot.


“We brought [Courtois] here because we believe that he’s the best goalkeeper in the world, and he has been,” Perez said.

“He was one of the key players in the victory.”

The Real Madrid president was also pleased that his club had managed to come home with the trophy despite the absence of some important players.

“We came here without some great players like [Eden] Hazard, [Karim] Benzema and [Gareth] Bale,” he said.

“Zidane has been able to put together a team and we won the trophy.

“I think that we’re on the path to finding ourselves again after a little dip.

“New people have come in who have given the team intensity and we’re on a good path.”