Pirri, honorary president of Real Madrid | Real Madrid CF
José Martínez was named as Honorary President of Real Madrid after a unanimous vote at the Extraordinary General Assembly, which was held both in person and online at the Real Madrid City basketball pavilion. The Madrid legend received a standing ovation from the Representative Members. Florentino Pérez paid tribute to Amancio and praised Pirri: "Amancio exemplified everything that Real Madrid is and what our crest represents for millions of people who respect our history. He will always be in the hearts of all of us, as will Alfredo Di Stéfano, our first honorary president of Real Madrid and his successor Paco Gento."
"And today, after bidding farewell to Amancio Amaro, and thanking him for everything he gave us, the Board of Directors of Real Madrid proposes to this Extraordinary Assembly the name of one of the greatest legends of our club to succeed him."
"For his dedication, his commitment, his humility, his humility, his exemplary conduct and for a lifetime defending our shirt, I propose today, on 11 November 2023, José Martínez Pirri as the new honorary president of Real Madrid."
"He joined Real Madrid at the age of 19 and spent a total of 16 seasons here. He played 561 official matches and scored 172 goals. Pirri was the first player to receive the from Santiago Bernabéu."
"Pirri has always been a true example on and off the pitch. His image embodied the great madridista values, a perfect symbol of the DNA that identifies us: never give up and give everything until the end. A role model for his teammates, with an extraordinary talent and a winning mentality, faithful to what Real Madrid has been and continues to be throughout our 121 years of history."
"He won 10 league titles and 4 Copa de España trophies and won the club's Sixth European Cup, alongside Amancio and Paco Gento in that memorable Heysel final against Partizan Belgrade, which we have already remembered in this Assembly."
"For madridismo, Pirri is an indisputable star associated with all the values of Real Madrid. One of those great names who have made the history of our club great. Player, head of the club's medical services and general sporting director of Real Madrid. He has been everything in this house and has transmitted what we are to many generations.”
Pirri: "My thanks to you, members and supporters of Real Madrid"
“Dear madridistas, dear friends, thank you very much. Just this week, 59 years ago I was sitting in a team hotel room with Amancio, Gento, Zoco and Grosso. We were about to play against Barcelona, we were sitting in the room, the door opened and the coach Miguel Muñoz appeared. He stared at me and said: "Lad, you're playing tomorrow". He went to the door and left. I looked at my teammates, who were older than me, and I said: "He told me I'm playing tomorrow". And I actually played. That was my debut in a Real Madrid shirt, against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and it was one of the most important days of my life, just as it is today.”
"It is a very happy day for me and for my family who are here with me. First of all, I would like to thank our club president Florentino Pérez and the Real Madrid board of directors for this momentous announcement. And of course, my thanks to you, members and supporters of Real Madrid, for the affection you have shown me throughout my sporting career, when I was playing and now. Thank you very much."