Real Madrid fans were back at the Plaza de Cibeles to celebrate another European Cup triumph after the team’s 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris on Saturday.
The player’s arrival at the fountain, yesterday, Sunday 29th May was one of the most eagerly anticipated moments for the estimated 400,000 fans who had gathered to celebrate the club’s 14th European Cup trophy.
The club captain, Marcelo, in what is set to be the last of the 33-year-old’s 16 seasons at the club, placed a Real scarf around the head of the Cibeles statue and a white flag with the club’s coat of arms over her chest as his teammates and the fans waved their hands in the air to the sound of ‘We Are The Champions’
After the stop at the Cibeles came the traditional stop at the Almudena Cathedral to offer the trophy to the Virgin of Almudena, patroness of Madrid before meeting the city´s premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, at the Correos palace in the Puerta del Sol.
The Madrid leader praised the team for winning its fourteenth European Cup, highlighting the values of “team, effort and excellence” that Real Madrid represent.
“Today we celebrate together, regardless of our age, origin or condition, all together”, said the president, who underlined that today the “best team in the world is Spanish, from Madrid and once again bears the name” of Madrid “for the entire planet, filling the streets with joy and color at a time when it is needed more than ever”. “Thank you for showing that a great team is made up of people who come from all corners of the world working together, Madrid-style”, added the premier.
They stayed there for over an hour as Real captain Marcelo assumed the traditional responsibility of ‘crowning’ the Greek goddess statue.
“We are very proud to share this trophy here, in our home. Madrid is our starting point. From here, we’ve been able to transmit our values to the world,” club president Florentino Perez said.
“This European Cup will be remembered as one of the greatest in the history for how they achieved it. Real Madrid have once again conquered the hearts of all fans.
“I want to thank all the fans. This is a club that have no owner, all of you are the owners of our own destiny.”
The triumph closes a season of success for the team led by Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, who last monthcelebrated the club´s 35th Liga win.