Real Madrid Fans Demand Fifth Ballon d’ Or for Hero Ronaldo
Madrid: Thousands of fans delirious Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo asked to win a fifth Golden Ball Sunday, while the Spanish giants paraded the trophy of the Champions for a 12th record.
Ronaldo scored two goals in the 4-1 win for Real Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday as Madrid became the first to retain the Champions League.
With a cut of hair cut, Ronaldo was the star of a spectacle of lights and fireworks like 81,000 spectators in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
“Christian Golden Ball”, the Portuguese sang with the fans when it was lifted in the air by his teammates.
Ronaldo is the favorite to win the annual prize for the best player in the world for the fifth time he would see him match Barcelona’s rival Lionel Messi, while Real also beat Barça to win the league.
“The truth is a spectacular season,” added Ronaldo.
This is the first time that Madrid won the League and Champions in the same season for 59 years.
“Thank you for the love you showed for the first game,” said Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.
“We knew this season was going to be different.
“The team has worked hard since the first minute … we made a wonderful double.”
Previously, under the supervision of strict security measures, the Madrid team welcomed the dignitaries of the local government before parading the famous trophy in an open bus around the Cibeles fountain in the center of the city where thousands Gathered for fans.
“The players have participated in the legend of Real Madrid and football, as well as our coach,” said club president Florentino Perez, giving a special mention to Zinedine Zidane.
“He’s the only one winning two consecutive league champions,” added Perez. “That’s why he’s already the best coach in the world.”
The Frenchman, who won the Champions League as a legendary real player between 2001 and 2006, was a spectacular success since his first senior role, there are only 18 months.
“I want to thank all of you,” said Zidane fans singing his name rang all over the Bernabeu.
“That’s why we’re here. It’s been a spectacular year thanks to you and in the end, we’ve won twice.”
A third win in the Champions League in four years has been compared to the great truth party that won the first five editions of the European Cup between 1955 and 1960.
“I think this is the best team in history,” Alvaro Mora, a fan who had traveled more than 500 kilometers from the southern city of Almeria to participate in the celebrations, told AFP.
And since the performance of reality in situ in the Principality Stadium, as they ripped the Italian champion with goals from Marco Asensio Casemiro and adding twice as Ronaldo, there was no sign of the success of Madrid fans.
“This is the best thing that could happen,” said Colombian worker Jose Ordonez, 54, who attended the festivities with his two children.
“We promised to return and we returned as champions”, added Ramos, the team visited the house of the local government of Madrid and the City council.
“I hope to come back many more times and we can celebrate many more titles.”