26th May 2018
"SÍ PAPI! SÍ PAPI! SÍ PAPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!"
They were the screams that Armando heard as he approached the locker room. What he found inside would change the trajectory of his career forever. On the night where his team had just won the UEFA Champions League against an exciting Liverpool side in Kyiv, the Real Madrid coach was supposed to be celebrating. However, walking in on his wife and [player name retracted for legal reasons] set off a series of events which ended with Armando losing his job as a coach of Los Galacticos and [player name retracted for legal reasons] leaving the country for Turin.
Incredibly, MARCA and other Spanish media channels had not picked up on the series of events. Real Madrid club president Fiorentino Pérez cited Armando's 'poor timekeeping' as reason enough for his sudden departure, while the departure of the player was put down to footballing reasons. Once again, the giant cogs of the machine of world football continued to move on and swallow anything that came in its way.
It was a turning point for Armando Pérez, who had built up quite the reputation in his fledgling coaching career following a successful stint as a player. He was often referred to as 'Mister Worldwide', having played for major clubs across every continent in the world. His trophy-laden career as a flair-driven forward ended in 2015, when he then joined Real Madrid's youth team coaching staff. His ability to get the best out of raw talent saw him promoted to the senior team in 2017, where he worked alongside Zizou Zidane on a daily basis. He was expected to become the Italian's new assistant manager following the Champions League final in 2018 but his departure put a stop to his progress.
Pérez' life went into freefall following that night in Kyiv. He divorced his cheating wife Sebastiana James, a South African pole dancer, and indulged in a life of reckles debauchery. Football became a memory of the past as he indulged in more alcohol than was possibly imaginable and entered more back doors than a house robber.
That all changed in the summer of 2021. During one of his many regular visits to a nightclub in Miami, Mister Worldwide met with Mino Raiola. The super agent of football was a devious character at the best of times but was well-linked and typically always found the best path forward for his clients. Raiola took well to Armando Pérez, enrolling him as a client. Within two weeks, Pérez had landed a job as a professional football manager, with the club due to announce his arrival on 12th July 2021.