MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid celebrated their third consecutive Champions League title with an open-top bus parade through the Spanish capital on Sunday as thousands of supporters turned out to greet Zinedine Zidane’s history-making side.
Madrid, who beat Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday’s final in Kiev to win a record-extending 13th European Cup, began their celebrations with a service at the Almudena cathedral before visiting the city chambers and later the city hall, addressing gathered fans in the Plaza del Sol.
“Fortunately, this is turning into a routine for us,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos of his team, who became the first side since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.
“The team received support when we needed it the most and this also belongs to you. Now we have to think about winning number 14, because that’s what this club obliges us to do.”
With the shiny trophy at the front of the bus, the team advanced towards the Cibeles fountain where they traditionally celebrate trophy wins.
The parade will come to a climax at the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium where the players will continue their celebrations with supporters.
(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Clare Fallon)