Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has wished for a ‘good 2019’ in his Christmas and New Year holiday message to fans.
It was another historic year for Los Blancos both in football and around their other sport sections, which were ultimately dominated by the first team’s third consecutive Champions League honour.
Having sealed the triumph under Zinedine Zidane, Madrid then went on to add another Club World Cup in December and have continued to be celebrated on the world’s stage.
A new era is now taking shape at the Bernabeu after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui earlier this season and the arrival of Santi Solari, who was promoted from the reserve side, Castilla.
The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo has also had an impact but nevertheless, Perez has remained positive ahead of the opening game of 2019 against Villarreal on Thursday evening.
Joined with club captains, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo, plus some members of the basketball section – Perez said:
“For the year 2019, the main thing I ask is for good health for everyone, and that there is work and that solidarity is fundamental in our lives. From Real Madrid we hope we can continue sharing success and joy with our members and fans. Our football and basketball teams have quality, talent and ambition to keep on winning. They know what this badge and this shirt represents.
“Real Madrid’s success has always been based on the unity of madridismo and our values, which mark our present and our destiny. Everything that has been achieved has been done through sacrifice, hard work, respect and humility. Real Madrid belongs to the hearts of millions of people around the world and all of us who are part of this club have the responsibility to try to fulfill the dreams of our fans. I hope that 2019 will be a great year for Real Madrid again”.
Approaching Thursday’s game, Santi Solari’s Los Blancos arrive in full confidence, having wont he Club World Cup with ease.
The highlight of that success was the return to form of Gareth Bale, who netted a hat-trick in the semi-final against Kashima Antlers.
Three points will see Madrid move back into third alongside Sevilla, but still some ground off second placed Atletico Madrid and league leaders, Barcelona.