Rafael Nadal met with Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, to watch the team at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 22-times Grand Slam champion is always welcomed with open arms at "La Casa Blanca," this time supporting his favorite football club, Real Madrid, as they played a league match against Real Sociedad on Sunday, September 17.
The home team secured a 2-1 victory, with goals from Valverde and Joselu, maintaining their position as absolute leaders in the league.
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Among the spectators, Nadal watched the match alongside Florentino Pérez, the president of the football club, who will soon be stepping down from his position. In fact, there has been recent speculation that the former world No. 1 could become the new leader of Real Madrid.
The club's leadership is hoping that the new president will have "more representative character than executive," and Nadal's status as a sports legend and a passionate supporter of the club would be a perfect fit for the role.
This consideration is even more relevant given Nadal's impending retirement, as he has not returned to the tennis courts. However, he has suggested that he might return by the end of 2023 or in 2024, with the goal of retiring at his favorite tournaments.
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The recent elimination of Spain in the Davis Cup group stage could pose a problem for Nadal's return, as there was speculation that he might come back for the Davis Cup finals, but that ultimately will not happen.
"I'm not going to set a return date. When I am ready, I'll try to be there. The Davis Cup, at the end of the year, can be an objective," he said in a media interaction a few months ago.
The Spanish Davis Cup team had a disappointing exit, losing to the Czech Republic and Serbia and lamenting the absence of the world No. 2, Carlos Alcaraz, who decided to take a break after exhausting weeks in the hardcourt swing.