I am a tennis legend and am fighting Novak Djokovic for the most Grand Slam titles of all time. I would like to take over Real Madrid one day

RAFAEL NADAL is interested in becoming Real Madrid president one day.

The tennis legend has not competed on the tour since her loss to Mackenzie McDonald in the second round of the Australian Open in January.

Rafael Nadal has been out of action since January


Rafael Nadal has been out of action since JanuaryPhoto credit: Getty
The Spaniard hugs Florentino Perez


The Spaniard hugs Florentino PerezPhoto credit: Getty

He’s working toward a comeback, but doesn’t know how long he can last.

Nadal, 37, discussed his future during a sit-down interview with Spanish broadcaster Movistar Plus.

The 22-time Grand Slam winner is a well-known Real Madrid fan who has attended numerous games over the years.

When asked if he could one day become president of the club, Nadal didn’t rule anything out – although he had high praise for current incumbent Florentino Perez.

He said, “I don’t know. I promise it wasn’t always a dream of mine.”

“But if you ask me if I would like to be president of Real Madrid, I think I would do that. But first of all, we have the best possible president right now.”

“Besides, what I feel today may not be what I feel tomorrow. And then you never know what can happen in life.”

“You have to know whether you are capable of it. I’m pretty realistic with myself, I know my limits more or less.”


Nadal has been fighting Novak Djokovic for almost 20 years


Nadal has been fighting Novak Djokovic for almost 20 yearsPhoto credit: Getty

“I don’t know if I would be able to do that or not. Either way, only time will tell.”

As for Real Madrid’s current prospects, Nadal wants another striker and has his particular eye on a superstar.

He continued: “Would another striker be welcome now? I think so, but… I want (Kylian) Mbappe to come, I have no problem with that at all, quite the opposite. I would be happy if he came.” !

“Of course I like Mbappe, who doesn’t like Mbappe? He had no obligation to come beforehand.”

“Real Madrid is Real Madrid and bigger than any other player. But Mbappe has no obligation to come if we fans want him.”

During his time off, the injured Nadal has seen Novak Djokovic overtake his tally of Grand Slam tournaments, the Serb recently moving to 24 at the US Open.

Asked if he was disappointed at being overtaken by his long-time rival, Nadal added: “I’m not frustrated for one simple reason – within my means, I did everything to make things as good as possible .”

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“Yes, for example you can live with 22 Grand Slams in frustration, Novak lives it in a more intense way.”

“It would have been more frustrating for him if he hadn’t made it. Maybe that’s why he made it.”

Kylian Mbappe is at the top of Real Madrid's wish list


Kylian Mbappe is at the top of Real Madrid’s wish listPhoto credit: Reuters
The 37-year-old Nadal could move towards a leadership role


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