Election Campaign 2009... La Liga Loca for president!

“President Florentino” boasted Marca’s headline on Tuesday as it detailed a poll commissioned by the paper that made the Bernabeu bottler the most popular candidate for members with a 62.9 percent of the vote. “The Real Madrid members have made it clear who their favourite president is,” declared the daily’s editorial. “If he decides to stand then he will have no opposition,” said, Marca’s director, Eduardo Inda on Wednesday night. La Liga Loca has a forceful, firm message to Mr Inda:

Sir, you were wrong about Cristiano Ronaldo (and David Villa, Santi Cazorla, Jermaine Pennant... and you are wrong, once again, about the Real Madrid election. That’s because the blog has an important, potentially shark-jumping, announcement to make. No longer will it stand on the sidelines and sneer. No longer will it mock and make fun of the constant calamities at Castle Greyskull. Well, maybe occasionally. La Liga Loca has the honour and pleasure of announcing that it is running for the presidency of Real Madrid and will stand in this summer’s election.

And it will win.

People of the world. It’s time for change. Change you can feel. Change you can touch. Change you can smell. It’s time to open the windows of the Bernabeu, clear the air and sweep things under the carpet. It’s time for the blog to slap on the hair gel, put on the shiny suit, jump into the snake pit and buy Roberto Gómez a 10-course dinner.“Florentino Pérez is the Barack Obama of Real Madrid,” says John Carlin. If that’s truly the case, then La Liga Loca is Hillary Clinton. But a winning version. There will be doubters who say “but La Liga Loca isn’t even a Real Madrid fan.” But La Liga Loca says “nor is Juan Villalonga, the man who claimed, last summer, that it is his destiny to run Valencia.” There will be doubters who say “but La Liga Loca is a quitter!” But La Liga Loca says “yes, that’s true, but who was it that walked away from the club when times got tough?”And there will be doubters who say “but La Liga Loca isn’t Spanish, a member of 10 years nor has the 60 million euro deposit required to stand.”

But La Liga Loca says “good point.” But that’s where you, Dear Reader, come in - the beaming fans of Barça, the bored-of-it-all Beticos, the simpletons from Seville.

La Liga Loca will not be making this historic journey alone. Instead, it’s a path we will be following together, arm-in-arm, side-by-side, watching each other’s backs with knives in hand. Over the coming weeks and months - or until the FourFourTwo lawyers beg us to stop - you, Dear Reader, will find out how you can help on this voyage of discovery. This journey of destiny. This mission for free seats at Wimbledon. But for now, don’t believe the hype from the Powers That Be that there can be only one winner in this race. Don’t believe the madness from The Man. Instead, believe in La Liga Loca - the change that Real Madrid deserves.

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