28. Fiorentino Perez
Real Madrid is one of the two biggest soccer clubs in Spain. Their club president, Perez, is also one of the most powerful figures in European sports. However, his influence is pernicious. Genuinely feared in Spain, he is a bullying and overbearing leader. In 2021, he attracted scorn after his attempt to create a European Super League. This turned him into a laughingstock around the continent.
Perez wanted to make a league just for the biggest clubs in Europe. It would have guaranteed them maximum profits. It was a symbol of hubris and greed. In the end, fans turned against him and all of the other club owners involved. He failed in his efforts to consolidate this league and became a joke figure. It was a major humiliation for Perez that came after the shadiest attempt to usurp soccer’s structures.