A large number of delirious Real Madrid fans poured onto the streets of the Spanish capital to get a look at the Champions League winners on Sunday as they paraded the trophy for a record 12th time.
The triumphant squad were driven through the streets of Madrid in an immense white bus decorated with the message ‘Campeones 12’ and the club’s crest to mark their 12th European Cup achievement.
Ronaldo donned a newly trimmed hairstyle and he and Sergio Ramos led the conventional merriments for a noteworthy Real celebration as the players greeted government dignitaries before parading the well-known trophy in an open-bus around the Cibeles fountain in the downtown area. Strict safety efforts were unmistakable over the city in light of recent UK terror attacks.
As night fell in city’s capital, the stadium was lit up by firecrackers and lights, while supporters viewed their wonderful heroes being presented onto the stage in the middle of the pitch, with Ronaldo catching the majority of the attention while Ramos and Marcelo again lifted the trophy.
Ramos also present the Mayor of Madrid Manuela Carmena a customised Real Madrid jersey before Carmena making the most of her own minute with the trophy.
Sergio Ramos and Marcelo led the celebrations as they gladly flaunted the trophy to their upbeat fans, lifting it over their heads nearby the celebrated Cibeles Fountain. The landmark, named after Cybele, the Phrygian goddess of nature, was worked in the reign of Charles III in the late 1700s and delineates her sitting on a chariot pulled by two lions.
“I feel like this is the best team in history,” one fan Alvaro Mora, who had travelled over 500 kilometres from the southern city of Almeria to take in the celebrations, told AFP.
And like Real’s performance on the pitch at the Principality Stadium as they tore the Italian champions apart with goals from Casemiro and Marco Asensio adding to Ronaldo’s double, there was no sign of the Madrid fans’ tiring of success.
“It is the best thing that could happen,” said Colombian shop worker Jose Ordonez, 54, who took in the festivities with his two sons.
“We promised to return and we have returned as champions,” said Ramos as the squad visited the home of Madrid’s local government and the city hall.
“I hope to return many more times and that we can celebrate many more titles.”
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