Only a bird can get the real scale of what happened in Madrid Monday evening.
Unless one of their victorious footballers can. Perched high above the estimated three million people that have poured into the streets of the Spanish capital, they can see the overwhelming adulation of the crowds.
It has been a non-stop tour ever since touchdown from South Africa this Monday afternoon.
First the entire team was whisked off to see the King and present the World Cup trophy.
Then it was the government’s turn.
Now it is the people’s. How they have waited for this moment, how they have longed to see the much-vaunted stars of La Liga finally gel as one and shop the world how football should be played.
In 2010 they have finally had their prayers answered, Spain have realised their destiny, they are world champions, and Madrid will spend the rest of the night, and much of Tuesday morning one suspects, marking this moment.
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