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Luis Figo has explained that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has issued him with a personal apology following leaked audio footage of the former winger being insulted.
A series of audio leaks of the Madrid supremo were released earlier this month by the newspaper El Confidencial, in which he can be heard personally criticising and insulting a number of club figures.
Former Portugal winger Figo is one of the club’s most iconic players of the century following a highly contentious switch from El Clasico rivals Barcelona, before establishing himself as a key player in the Spanish capital.
He was one of a number of players highlighted in the tapes that were leaked to media and have subsequently been dominating headlines in the Spanish press.
Luis Figo holds the Real Madrid shirt along with club President Florentino Perez (L) and club legend Alfredo Di Stefano (R) in 2000 following a transfer from Barcelona
The audio tape personally insulted the Portuguese star, calling him a ‘bad egg’ who was someone that annoyed his teammates at the club.
Perez is recorded as saying of the player: "Luis Figo is the one who pisses off the dressing room. He has been a son of a b****, like Raul. The two bad eggs were Figo and Raul. The best was Zinedine Zidane, without a doubt."
Figo has now spoken about the situation and revealed that Perez has been in contact with him to apologise for the words.
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He has said, in quotes carried by Marca : "I think that in a private conversation you can say things that are out of context. I have had the opportunity to speak with him and he has apologised for his words with me so the matter is closed."
The interviewer then pressed Figo: "Did you talk to him after the audios came out?"
The former star replied: "Yes, but hey, it is a private conversation and he has apologised, for me the matter is closed."
Figo was one of a number of star names who was the victim of personal insults from Perez.
Another clip highlights the Madrid supremo criticising Cristiano Ronaldo, who starred for the club between 2009 and 2018 – becoming their club record goal scorer.
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Cristiano Ronaldo was called an "idiot" in leaked audio footage from Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
Perez said: "This guy is an idiot, a sick man. You think this guy is normal, but he's not normal, otherwise he wouldn't do all the things he does."
Perez, 74, also is recorded as insulting former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and legendary club striker Raul Gonzalez.
The club’s cult hero goalkeeper Iker Casillas was also the subject of extreme criticism, with Perez stating: "He's not a Real Madrid goalkeeper, what can I say? He never has been. He has been our biggest mistake.
"The problem is everyone loves him. He has so many people on his side. But anyway, he is one of the biggest frauds."
Guti – another former star of Los Blancos who became a prominent coach at the club was always criticised: "He's a moron, his own worst enemy. He's a mug, like a goat."
Perez is now threatening to sue El Confidencial for releasing the private documents.
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