Decorated in the famous white team jersey, thousands of Real Madrid fans collected in the centre of the Spanish capital to celebrate the club’s 33rd league title after a 2-0 win over Malaga.
At the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles when the squad arrived on an open-top bus bearing the word “Campeones” (champions) on the side, the excited fans cheered and lit flares
Decked in white shirts with the number 33 on the back, team captain Sergio Ramos and other players filmed the crowd with mobile phones from the top of the bus, which was escorted by police on horseback.
As Queen’s anthem “We Are the Champions” blared out from loudspeakers, Captain Ramos took to a walkway over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club flag just before 3:00 am (0100 GMT).
Before singing along with the crowd, Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo said, “We have to win the Champions League now. We are counting on all of your support. Let’s Go! Thank you very much.”
37-year-old Real supporter Emilio Guillen told, “This is great and on June 3 against Juventus it will be even better.”
According to the reports, the club will pursue a third UEFA Champions League victory in four seasons in the final against Juventus, who on Sunday secured third successive Serie A and Coppa Italia double, in Cardiff on June 3.
The former French international and the coach of Real Zinedine Zidane, who took over the club for his first head coaching job less than two years ago was also appreciated by many fans.
Alfredo Cordero, 36, who had a club flag draped over his back and carried a large plastic cup of sangria said, “Hiring Zidane was the best decision Real has made in a long time.”
The team will be welcomed to Madrid city hall on Monday for a ceremony to celebrate their Spanish league win.