April 12, 2024

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How Real Madrid celebrated: Ancelotti singing, Marcelo farewell, fans award Benzema the Ballon d’Or

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How Real Madrid celebrated: Ancelotti singing, Marcelo farewell, fans award Benzema the Ballon d’Or

It was just about midnight on Sunday when the Actual Madrid mentor Carlo Ancelotti took the microphone on the podium in the centre circle of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Ancelotti had vowed to sing if Madrid gained Saturday evening’s Champions League ultimate towards Liverpool in Paris and, nearly 24 hrs later on, he introduced into an impressively lusty rendition of the club’s Hala Madrid anthem.

“History that you made, record continue to to make,” sang the total stadium, as 60,000 delighted voices joined their mentor and his players. “Due to the fact no just one can resist your drive to acquire.” 

It is a track and a sentiment that neutrals can come across tricky to stomach, primarily overwhelmed rivals, but there has been some thing historic about this Serious Madrid period. Twelve months in the past Ancelotti was the Everton manager, and even when he accepted the unpredicted simply call to return to the Spanish cash there was very little expectation of what was to arrive.

But the Italian guided Madrid to a title in La Liga that was not as straightforward as the remaining desk advised, and their Champions League momentum and energy designed by means of comebacks in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester Town.

Saturday’s victory over Liverpool could not have been a traditional, and the dreadful activities outside the house the stadium marred the situation, but Madrid celebrated this 14th European Cup victory with as significantly, if not extra, satisfaction than a lot of in the previous.


There had been a large amount of assurance in the Madrid camp in the establish-up to the closing. “Finals are not actively playing, they are for winning,” was a phrase repeated by several previous and current players very last week, including midfielder Casemiro when speaking with The Athletic.

With Ancelotti and his senior players so employed to these varieties of celebration, Madrid’s staff hotel in Chantilly had been remarkably serene pre-match. “I observed Karim (Benzema), (Dani) Carvajal and (Luka) Modric playing cards just a number of hours right before the video game and imagined, ‘Wow, that’s remaining chilled’,” to start with-time finalist Dani Ceballos stated in disbelief later on.

There had been continue to some nerves in advance of the recreation, and particularly after kick-off was delayed thanks to the dreadful scenes exterior the Stade de France. “I went to the toilet now a lot more periods than at any time before in my lifetime,” Fede Valverde informed Spanish Tv, with his younger son on his shoulders, shortly right after the final whistle.

That was right after Vinicius Junior’s only aim, and Thibaut Courtois’ nine will save, experienced overwhelmed Liverpool. Guy-of-the-match Courtois applied the celebrations publish-video game to response his critics, especially in England. On Spanish Television set he offered an apology. “I’m sorry for my brother — he’s acquiring married tomorrow, and definitely I just cannot be there,” the Belgian said.


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Ancelotti was reminding everyone that couple had predicted Madrid would close the year with a Champions League and La Liga double. “This is the most unique Champions League of my four,” the Italian informed the submit-match information meeting two several hours just after the ultimate whistle at the Stade de France. “Nobody predicted us to earn this trophy — not even us.”

Modric claimed he and his senior team-mates had been nicely knowledgeable that quite a few pundits in Spain and somewhere else thought their Champions League successful days were very long behind them.

“Many folks thought we ended up concluded, not just us a few (Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro),” the 36-yr-previous advised Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. “All the speak was of modifications, new signings. But with this humility and character, by currently being solid all collectively, we’ve revealed we can get matters alongside one another. The only matter that counts at this club is successful, and we want far more.”


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That talk of alterations was a reminder of the substantial humiliation for Madrid president Florentino Perez last 7 days when Kylian Mbappe significantly and publicly turned down their provide to keep at Paris Saint-Germain. Perez claimed he had currently moved on. “The total Mbappe detail is about now,” he reported on the radio, not convincing all people.

It was right after 2am on Sunday when the staff headed back to their great lodge in Chantilly, and there have been some fatigued faces when the players landed in the Spanish cash at all around 5pm local time. There was still heaps more celebrating to do, with Madrid and the regional authorities obtaining very carefully planned the itinerary for the evening.

Right after the “Septima” (seventh) European Cup back again in 1998, much more than a million Blancos admirers lined the route from the airport to the town-centre Cibeles Fountain as gamers, together with match-winner Predrag Mijatovic, built the journey in a caravan of open up-prime convertible automobiles.

The initially cease in the “Decimocuarto” (fourteenth) celebration tour was Madrid’s Catedral de la Almudena. Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra welcomed the team on the techniques exterior, as the cathedral bells rang, and Eden Hazard appeared to give his Excelencia Reverendísima a wink as they shook arms. Benzema and Marcelo carried the trophy inside of and positioned it carefully on a podium by the altar.

Nacho and Modric adopted with this year’s La Liga trophy, and placed it on the ground together with. “It was a triumph based on the values cast by this club over its historical past — hard work, sacrifice, tricky perform, regard and solidarity,” claimed Perez from the lectern.

From there the staff had to stop by both the regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso, a Real Madrid fan, and town mayor Jose Luis Martínez-Almeida, a nicely recognised Atletico Madrid supporter. The town hall setting up is appropriate by the Cibeles Fountain, an 18th century sculpture of the Greek Earth Mother goddess in a chariot staying pulled by two roaring lions, exactly where Real now usually celebrate their successes.

The gamers danced their way up the methods on to a elevated platform, with Brazilians Marcelo, Vinicius and Eder Militao leading the way. Ancelotti identified as on various gamers to choose the mic and guide the fans in chants. Vinicius went with: “This is how Madrid acquire.” Rodrygo belted out: “How could I not enjoy, currently being European Champion a 14th time.” Casemiro sang “Karim, Ballon de Oro.” A delighted-on the lookout Hazard also took the mic to say that, “It’s been a few several years of injuries and plenty of matters, but up coming year I will give every thing for you.” Gareth Bale was there way too, but retained to the edges, getting only performed seven minutes in the competitiveness all time. Ancelotti utilized 25 players in whole — the only senior players not to characteristic have been sub keeper Andriy Lunin and the now out-of-contract playmaker Isco.

Marcelo then continued the tradition of the team captains wrapping a club scarf close to the goddess’ shoulders and shook the trophy into the air. White ticker-tape fluttered over an approximated 200,000 supporters collected in the streets stretching in each and every path. 


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The 34-year-aged is leaving this summertime right after profitable 25 trophies with Madrid — much more than any person, ever. He was putting on five large chunky gold rings — 1 for each of his job Champions Leagues.

From there it was five kilometres on the open up-major bus up the leafy Paseo de la Castellana boulevard to the Bernabeu, which was heaving with more supporters than attended the stadium for some humdrum La Liga video games again in the autumn, when not every person was so positive about Ancelotti and his staff. As the supporters waited, they cheered at the big screens demonstrating Madrid’s ambitions all through the PSG, Chelsea and Metropolis comebacks. It was a reminder of just how exclusive — and surreal — this Champions League time has been.

Spanish Television individuality Miki Nadal led the fans in renditions of distinct club hymns in advance of welcoming the Madrid coaches and squad one particular by one particular on to the platform in the centre of the Bernabeu pitch to the riffs of the White Stripes. 

The temper was so jubilant that even Bale was warmly welcomed. He reacted by presenting applause back again to the enthusiasts in what was his very last act as a Madrid participant. 

The major cheers were being for younger last heroes Vinicius and Valverde, and the better-than-ever old-stagers Modric and Benzema, with the group also claiming this year’s Ballon d’Or for the Frenchman. That the team’s greatest profile gamers are no lengthier bombastic characters like Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo probably made the occasion a bit reduced-essential, but also offers a trace to the collective ethic and team spirit that Ancelotti has harnessed across the period. 


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Just after impressive fireworks whizzing higher into the sky over the stadium, Ancelotti fulfilled his guarantee, showing an impressive command of the words and phrases of the Hala Madrid music that was written to rejoice the team’s “Decima” Champions League victory during his initially spell in demand. There was no cigar as there experienced been all through the celebrations for the league earn previous month, but the 62-calendar year-old had again stolen the exhibit.

And with that the get together was more than. The players could at last go house, their club season lastly concluded. Most head off tomorrow on international responsibility with their international locations, although Courtois essential to capture up with his brother and new sister-in-law. Marcelo, Bale and Isco are not the only kinds who could possibly not return to the Bernabeu, and even if Mbappe is not coming, there are specified to be new faces ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Ancelotti and his most vital senior leaders are all sticking about. Couple exterior the Spanish capital will be backing them to keep the Champions League next period, both, but there is a thing exclusive about Actual Madrid. This is a club that understands how to win trophies — and how to rejoice them.

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