Monday, 5 June 2017

Photos: Real Madrid Parade With Record 12th Champions League Trophy

Real Madrid celebrated their record 12th European Cup with thousands of fans on Sunday, after returning to the Spanish capital after beating Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales.
The team was first feted by Madrid's mayor and regional president before the players got on an open-top bus for a slow ride through throngs of supporters to a packed Cibeles square, Madrid's traditional gathering spot for celebrations.
The Madrid players picked up manager Zinedine Zidane and threw him into the air at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening
Ramos smiles as Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena holds a personalised Real shirt up with No 1 on the back
There, team captains Sergio Ramos and Marcelo climbed a temporary set of stairs to present the European Cup from atop the stature in the fountain in the square.

The team then headed to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where the packed stands were treated to an elaborate light and video show while each player was individually introduced.

The biggest applauses were for Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo, who waved a Portuguese flag as he walked out in the spotlight toward his teammates waiting on a makeshift stage in the centre of the pitch.
Ramos lifts up the trophy alongside defender Marcelo at Madrid's Cibeles Fountain located at the Paseo de Recoletos
Captain Sergio Ramos addressed the crowds at the Bernabeu while wearing a crown and surrounded by Real's players

"This team believed from the start, and after a lot of hard work we reaped the benefits," Ramos told the crowd while wearing a fake crown on his head and a Spanish flag draped around his shoulders.
Once Ronaldo took the microphone, he couldn't resist joining the crowd in chanting "Cristiano, Ballon d' Or!," a call for him to win the prestigious best-player award.
Cristiano Ronaldo makes his entrance draped in club scarves as Real Madrid's celebrations switched to their stadium
Real Madrid players are driven through the city on an open-top bus emblazoned with the message 'Campeones 12' 

Supporters lined the Madrid streets as they gathered in celebration of Real's latest Champions League victory
A Real Madrid supporter lights a flare as the celebrations continued amid a party atmosphere in the Spanish capital
The Madrid players look on as the open-top bus drives through the city streets on Sunday with the Champions League trophy
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane (top) smiles as he soaks in the atmosphere on top of the open-top bus
Cristiano Ronaldo looks up to the sky as Real skipper Ramos places the Champions League trophy back down
Ramos holds the Champions League trophy aloft with Madrid Regional Government president Cristina Cifuentes

Ronaldo scored twice in the final, as Real became the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Two weeks ago, Madrid celebrated their first Spanish Primera Division title in five years.
Madrid won the Champions League with a 4-1 victory over Serie A champions Juventus at Cardiff's Principality Stadium
Ramos and Marcelo hold the trophy aloft from the balcony of Madrid's town hall as fans watched on from below them

Ramos smiles as Cifuentes holds up the commemorative shirt while wearing a Real Madrid jersey of her own
Ramos and club president Florentino Perez smile and applaud as Cifuentes poses with her own personalised shirt
Cifuentes embraces Real Madrid president Perez as she celebrates with a mini replica of the Champions League trophy

With a third European title in four seasons, coach Zinedine Zidane has re-established Madrid as the premier team on the continent.

ESPN

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