Florentino Pérez's reign has seen Real Madrid regain its global prestige. In his two spells at the head of the club, Real Madrid have lifted 28 titles (between the club's two sections), including European Cups in both football and basketball. He has improved Real Madrid's economic situation, transforming the club into the richest on the planet, whilst overseeing deep-reaching changes across all aspects of the club to make Real Madrid the "most valuable sports team in the world", according to Forbes.
An engineer and businessman, Florentino Pérez took up the presidency in July 2000 after beating Lorenzo Sanz, who was head of the club at the time. Under his management, star signings such as Figo, Zidane, Beckham and Ronaldo arrived. The quality of his football and basketball sides led to eight trophies.
His first period in charge was also notable for the stadium improvements carried out under the 'Santiago Bernabéu Master Plan'. The arena was recognised by UEFA as an 'Elite Stadium' and hosted the final of the Champions League in 2010. In 2006, Ciudad Real Madrid - a training complex ten times bigger than Madrid's previous facilities - was opened at Valdebebas.
In 2004 he was re-elected by a majority vote and two years later he voluntarily stood down. In 2009 he returned to begin his second spell which was marked by on-field signings which included Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos. The titles claimed under his leadership include two European Cups (2014 and 2016) and Real Madrid's first Club World Cup. In addition to these triumphs, the football team has also won one La Liga crown, a European Super Cup, two Copa del Rey titles and a Spanish Super Cup. In basketball there have also been successes both domestically and internationally, with a European Cup, an Intercontinental Cup, three League titles, four Copa del Reys and three Spanish Super Cups.
Florentino Pérez has spent over a decade at the helm of the club and has continued its process of modernisation with the construction of the first-team and academy residences located within Ciudad Real Madrid.