World Futbol Tycoon visits Cagayan de Oro
The former president of the world’s richest football club was in the city last week to explore business opportunities in Northern Mindanao (Region 10).
Spanish lawyer Jose Ramon Calderon Ramos visited the Primavera Residences office where he and his son were hosted by Italpinas President and CEO Romolo V. Nati.
“He wanted to have a presentation of our project Primavera because of its pioneering and unique eco-friendly design,” said Mr. Nati, an Italian architect who heads the Italo-Filipino joint venture project Primavera Residences through Italpinas EuroAsian Design and Eco-Development Corporation.
Romolo Nati with former Real Madrid President Jose Ramon Calderon Ramon during a recent visit to the Italpinas office in Cagayan de Oro.
Mr. Nati said the visitors were surprised at the affordable prices of the Primavera Residences units considering its eco-friendly features and its aesthetics, especially the sensation of space created by the one-bedroom model unit.
“He inquired about the availability of the penthouse and told me (jokingly, I guess) he wanted to retire in Cagayan de Oro because of the excellent weather and was really impressed with the Pueblo de Oro golf course,” Mr. Nati added.
Not the least, Mr. Nati said Mr. Calderon also appreciated the “good energy and outlook” of Cagayan de Oro and its air links to Metro Manila and the rest of the country’s other hubs, especially the future potential for tourism and business presented by the Laguindingan Airport which is slated to become operational by the end of 2012.
Mr. Nati explains the eco-friendly elements of the Primavera Residences to Ramon Calderon and his son during a recent visit to the model unit in Pueblo de Oro Business Park.
Mr. Calderon was elected president of Real Madrid Club de Futbol (Royal Madrid Football Club), better known in sports as Real Madrid (Los Blancos in Spain) in 2 July 2006 and served till 16 January 2009. Unique among European football clubs, Real Madrid’s members known as socios have owned and operated the club since its inception in 1902.
Based in Madrid, Spain, Real Madrid is one of Spanish football’s top two football clubs winning a record 31 La Liga titles, 18 Spanish Copa del Rey Cups, eight Spanish Super Cups, one Copa Eva Duarte and one Copa de la Liga, a record nine UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Cups, one UEFA Super Cup and three Intercontinental Cups.
According to Forbes.com latest list of “The World’s Most Valuable Richest Soccer Teams”, Real Madrid is also the world’s richest football club in terms of revenue ($537-million) and the second most valuable with a current value of $1.451-billion in 2011.