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With 14 French Open victories and 22 Grand Slam men's singles trophies, Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly one of tennis' all-time greats, second only to recently crowned US Open champion Novak Djokovic. But the Spaniard is also a passionate football enthusiast and a Real Madrid supporter.

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In a recent interview, Nadal was questioned about his support for Real Madrid after his appearance on Sunday when the Los Blancos played at Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu. When asked if he would like to administer the club in the future, initially, it appeared as though Nadal would be dismissive of the idea. But as his response continued, it became evident that the idea was something he had given serious thought.

“I don’t know. I promise that it’s not always been a dream of mine. But if you ask me if I’d like to be Real Madrid president, I think I would. But first of all, we’ve got the best possible president at the moment,” stated Nadal. I don’t know if I’d be capable of doing it or not. Anyway, time will tell,” he added further. 

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The Real Madrid owners have strict requirements for who they can appoint as president. These individuals must offer a bank guarantee for 15% of the budget, or roughly $106 million. In addition, they must have been club members for 20 years or more and be citizens of Spain. Nadal is the ideal candidate as he fits the criteria and has also been an honorary club member since 2011.

After missing out on acquiring Kylian Mbappé during the previous three seasons, the tennis player was questioned if he would welcome the Paris Saint-Germain striker to the team. In response, Rafael said he would be happy to have Mbappe join the team.