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Rafael Nadal Says He Wants to Be Real Madrid President, Talks Florentino Perez

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2017

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Switzerland's Roger Federer during the men's singles final on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2017. / AFP / WILLIAM WEST / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has revealed he hopes to one day become president of Real Madrid, but he maintains Los Merengues are in good hands with incumbent Florentino Perez.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo (h/t Goal's Dejan Kalinic), Nadal, 30, opened up on his intention to one day lead the club he's supported since he was a boy:

If you ask me if I would like it, of course I would, why not? But there is more to it... I think it will not be. We are very good as we are. We have a great president right now, and I don't think Real Madrid need me, but we never know what can happen in the future. It is not something I can raise today.

Nadal's uncle, Miguel, played for Real's bitter rivals Barcelona during his days as a professional footballer as well as Mallorca and Manacor in the Balearic Islands, where the 14-time Grand Slam champion was born.

El Mundo (h/t AS) recently named Nadal the second-richest sportsman in Spain, behind only Formula One driver Fernando Alonso, which would only help his candidacy.

A move to appoint Nadal as president would represent a change in dynamic for Real Madrid, whose current servant in the role, Perez, was a politician before succeeding in his second attempt to take the presidency in 2000.

This isn't the first time Los Blancos have crossed paths with Nadal. In March 2016, Real released a statement defending the tennis star, who had fallen under allegations of doping related to an injury absence in 2012:

Real Madrid C.F. would like to express their full support to our honorary member, Rafa Nadal, undoubtedly one of the greatest sportsmen of all time in Spain and in the world. 

Rafa Nadal represents the fundamental values of sport. His greatness and his incredible achievements have always been based upon a foundation of exemplary conduct, unwavering work, talent and astonishing levels of commitment. ...

Real Madrid C.F. consider the close ties to an idol such as Nadal to be an honour, such is his status as a symbol sporting excellence. Nadal is admired and adored by millions of fans the world over, and today our club is standing firmly by his side.

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The La Liga leaders may well consider Nadal as a candidate for the role if he ever runs.

What's more, many Real fans would likely flock to support Nadal in the event they required a new leader, meaning the sporting icon's dream may not be as impossible as many might suppose.

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