NEWS | 02/04/2019"From this temple of world football we encourage you to continue making this sport a powerful instrument of unity and solidarity among people", said Florentino Perez, who welcomed them.
"This Santiago Bernabéu stadium is an example of the universality of football. It is a territory of emotions and feelings that unites millions of people beyond their origins, their languages, their religions or their social conditions. It unites millions of people without any distinctions. At Real Madrid we try to make football a place where young people from all corners of the world observe a culture of work and where they are able to find an opportunity to be better every day".
Football as a school of life
"Football is today one of the great social phenomena that have contributed the most to globalization. A sport that has no borders and is also a school of life that helps improve many people, especially children around the world for whom football can also be an instrument of solidarity and education that serves to feed their hopes and dreams".
"The great characters that are already part of the Football Hall of Fame have contributed to the expansion of all these values that identify us all of those who love this sport. And you have recognised their rightful place in history. It is the recognition of football fans, of those who suffer, of those who dream, of those who in each game live their hopes and dream. The recognition of the giant names that symbolise and represent all this that is part of the passion for this sport".
"I want to thank you for all the work you do to pay homage to the legendary figures who have starred in the most brilliant pages in the history of football. Some of them have marked the course of our club and have received your recognition for their contribution to the greatness and universality of this sport. Among them our president Santiago Bernabéu, from whom we follow all his steps; our mythical Alfredo Di Stéfano; our president of honour, Paco Gento; and also Emilio Butragueño, our director of Institutional Relations". Subsequently, the president of Real Madrid was photographed on the pitch with the delegation.