NEWS | 08/12/2018Florentino Pérez attended the event in the presidential box of the Santiago Bernabéu ahead of the game between River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Florentino Pérez gave a speech during the dinner, expressing Real Madrid's pride at hosting the match at the Santiago Bernabéu: “I would like to express my enormous gratitude to all the people who have made it possible to host this great Copa Libertadores final. It's an immense honour and privilege for Real Madrid to have our stadium chosen by Conmebol to hold what will be a historic final”.
“Our club is proud to host one of the most significant events in the footballing world, between two huge clubs like River Plate and Boca Juniors, with which we have maintained a wonderful relationship and friendship for many years. The Bernabéu will welcome the Argentine fans and football itself, with the certainty that this match will match up to the values demanded of it by sport and football in particular”.
“The Santiago Bernabéu stadium turns 71 next Friday. It is undoubtedly one of the great temples of the sport and a symbol of the passion for football held by millions of people across all continents. Here we have experienced unforgettable emotions: four European Cup finals, a World Cup final, the European Championship final and UEFA Cup finals. Tomorrow we'll have the privilege of enjoying the Copa Libertadores final, something which should fill us as fans with immense pride and will act as worldwide recognition for Argentine football”.
Real Madrid and Argentine football
“The history of Real Madrid is closely linked to Argentine football. Some 32 players from Argentina have donned this club's colours, many of whom also played for River Plate and Boca Juniors, with eight of them being crowned European champions in our shirt. Among them, the greatest player of all time, Alfredo Di Stéfano, who changed not only Real Madrid's history, but the history of football itself”.
Values of football
“Real Madrid hopes and believes the final will be an opportunity to enjoy a great spectacle of world football, where the values of sport should be the guiding principles. I reiterate my thanks to Conmebol for choosing the Santiago Bernabéu to show the world the ability this sport has to bring people together, and, above all, to transmit the greatness of football”.
Rubiales: “It's been a pleasure to work alongside Real Madrid”
“It's an honour to be at the Santiago Bernabéu, a historic stadium for a historic club. From the very beginning, Real Madrid have been at the disposition of Conmebol and the RFEF. It's been a real pleasure to work shoulder to shoulder with them to make this happen. River and Boca, we wish you all the luck in the world. I hope you have felt at home here and we've done our very best to make sure you do. Football is not about money, as Florentino Pérez said, it's about values, and we're going to do all we can to make sure those values live on”.
Alejandro Domínguez: “Thank you for opening your doors to South American football”
“This isn't just any game. It's the first time in the competition's history that River and Boca come head to head in the final. South American football, I personally, and the clubs present here, are extremely grateful to Real Madrid. If the world is looking at this game, it's because we've done the right thing. We couldn't have chosen a better venue. Once again, thank you to Florentino Pérez and to all of Madrid and Spain for opening your doors to South American football. Hala Madrid!”.