Half a million in the streets on Real Madrid Street

Real Madrid had a mass bath on a morning dedicated to celebrating the conquest of the 36th League.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
11 May 2024 Saturday 22:23
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Half a million in the streets on Real Madrid Street

Real Madrid had a mass bath on a morning dedicated to celebrating the conquest of the 36th League. Half a million people, it is estimated, took to the streets of the capital to see Madrid's open-top bus and cheer for the players in an act that began with the presentation of the League Cup by the president of the Federation, Pedro Rocha, in an intimate event without media or public in the sports city of Valdebebas and that ended with the massive act of putting on the Real Madrid scarf to the goddess Cybele by Captain Nacho.

Before the event in Cibeles, the white team made the usual institutional visits to the headquarters of the Community and the City Council, with the required parliaments. Modric, whose future at the club is uncertain, and Joselu, were the most acclaimed players and there were also references to Mbappé. The date of the announcement of his hiring is one of the best kept secrets at the club.

The morning was rich in anecdotes, as it was two years ago in the last league won by the whites. All the speeches were marked by the same desire that Ancelotti summarized: “We will give our souls to return,” referring again and again to the Champions League final to be played on June 1 at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund.

The morning in Madrid was extremely hot, with the thermometer touching 30 degrees. At institutional events the players wore suits and jackets. At the party in Cibeles, no longer, dressed in short-sleeved team t-shirts.

The first institutional event took place at the headquarters of the Community of Madrid. There Isabel Díaz Ayuso received Real Madrid dressed in a white team sweatshirt. Florentino Pérez presented her with a replica of the LaLiga cup and two Madrid shirts, one signed by the entire squad and the other with her name. “We received the best team in the world, the increasingly bigger and increasingly fashionable Real Madrid from abroad. This glass has an emotion that surrounds everything. Madrid is many things, it is carrying the Madrid and Spain brand around the world. It is bringing the hope to children around the world. It is a symbol of success, the values ​​of perseverance, it is a high-minded club, although it sometimes causes misgivings,” the president said in her speech. “Buying a ticket to see Madrid is a guarantee of money well spent,” she stressed.

Then it was time for the reception at City Hall, where the white delegation was received by Mayor José Luis Martínez Almeida, a renowned Atlético fan and furious anti-Madrid supporter. Almeida had to bite the bullet once again. The first to speak to him was Nacho with a “have you already joined Madrid”? Then the mayor spoke about Mbappé: “I thank President Florentino for the sporting work he has done, the Santiago Bernabéu... and here are the children, who when he went up said to President Mbappé, Mbappé, Mbappé... And the children always "They tell the truth," he commented to the laughter of everyone present.

Almeida highlighted Madrid's hunger to continue winning: “In sport the difficult thing is to win so much and not get bored of winning and not relax. Because winning once can be easy, but winning always... For me this is the merit of these players, who do not relax. They never give up and want to win and that is why they are an example for all of us. I hope they come back in three weeks.” Almeida also revealed how he experienced the tie against Bayern. “The other day I was at the Bayern game and now I am a mixed marriage, my wife is one of these and I am one of the others. In the 85th minute and with 0-1 he wrote me a message and said: 'please activate your talisman mode'. Don't worry, you're going to score three,' I replied. I wasn't wrong because one of them was annulled and I also told him: "Joselu is going to put it in." And I am very deeply happy for him,” he stated.

The last stage of the squad was at the statue of Cybele, cordoned off and with a walkway since the night before. Some 35,000 people gathered to cheer their players. Modric and Joselu, the hero against Bayern, were the most acclaimed. Bellingham spoke in Spanish from the Post Office, everyone danced, Ancelotti sang the Décima anthem and smoked his cigar. The Ballon d'Or was also requested for Vinícius. On Tuesday the party will continue at the Bernabéu, in a match against Alavés, but everything is focused on the final on June 1 against Dortmund.