Fans of Real Madrid gathered around the city’s Cibeles Fountain on Saturday night to celebrate their heroes’ Champions League final victory over neighbours Atletico Madrid after a tense penalty shootout.
Real Madrid has now won Europe’s top club trophy a record 11 times.
But as they marked the latest triumph and awaited the players’ homecoming from Milan, Real supporters did spare a brief thought for the other half of the Spanish capital that is deeply disappointed.
“I am sorry for Atletico but the one who deserves it is the one who scores more and that has been Real Madrid,” said one Real fan.
“It is very cruel but that is the pattern for Atletico,” another added.
“They are historically the weakling and Real Madrid, even in the worst, most difficult seasons, are still able to win the Champions League. It is incredible!”
The match in Milan ended 1-1 after extra time as Atletico, giving their usual never-say-die performance, conceded an early goal, missed a penalty, clung on by the skin of their teeth and then found the strength to equalise at the San Siro.
But it was all in vain as Juanfran struck their fourth penalty against the post, allowing a previously subdued Ronaldo to stride up and coolly blast home the decisive penalty for a 5-3 shootout win — his third European Cup success.
Madrid’s Neptune Fountain would have been the place to party had Atletico won, according to tradition.
But as our correspondent in the city, Carlos Marlasca, says, it was the Cibeles Fountain that became the centre of revelry shortly after Real Madrid won the title.
“Five hundred metres away, Neptune has sunk yet again in his bid to assemble Atletico supporters around him to celebrate what would have been their first Champions League win,” he said.