Q&A: Former Real Madrid defender Ángel Pérez García

[Originally featured in Liquid Football Magazine Issue One – January 2016]

What have you been up to since retiring from football?
Since I retired from football, I have coached with Real Madrid and have traveled to Panama, Guatemala and Mexico to coach at their Social Integration School. I have also played more than eighty games with Real Madrid Veterans and for this I have a gold and diamond insignia. I also play with Real Murcia veterans

If you were managing a 5-a-side team, and could pick ex-team mates for the side, who would you select?
Miguel Ángel González Suárez, Vicente del Bosque, José Antonio Camacho, Juanito and Miguel Ángel Portugal

Who is the best player you went up against during your career?
Without doubt Kevin Keegan was the best I played against. He was my marking man in the 1980 Champions League semi final against Hamburg. In fact, a lot of people say he’s in the top three hardest players to mark around the world, in the history of football

What was your career highlight?
The best moment for me was winning the league and two Spanish cups with Real – They were incredible moments with great celebrations. Also, as a coach in Poland with Piat Gliwice when we beat Legia Warsaw Lech Poznań for the first time in the clubs history.

What was the worst moment in your career?
My worst moment was, without doubt, to lose the Champions League 1981 final in Paris, 1-0 to Liverpool

If you were in charge of FIFA, what is the first thing that you would change?
I would change the offside rule. I would limit this with one line between the 18-yard box and the middle of the pitch

Messi or Ronaldo?
Of course Ronaldo, because, ok he is in my team, but also is more physical, technical, better header etc. And also much more solidary with people