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Thousands welcome Real Madrid home after Champions win

The team were flanked by thousands of fans in Madrid last Sunday.
The team were flanked by thousands of fans in Madrid last Sunday. / AFP
  • The Spanish team beat Liverpool to become winners of the Champions League for the third time running last Saturday

Rapturous crowds flooded the streets of Spain's capital city on Sunday to welcome home Real Madrid after a 3-1 win against Liverpool the previous day.

The team were crowned victors of the Champions League for the third successive year, after a thrilling final in Kiev, which saw two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Karim Benzema. This is the team's 13th Champions League win overall.

The side flew into the Spanish capital on Sunday, led by captain Sergio Ramos, who was first off the plane carrying the trophy. The players climbed aboard a white open-topped bus, adorned with the message “Campeones”, and toured the streets of Madrid, flanked by thousands of fans. Club president Florentino Pérez summarised the mood: “We are living in the age of glory.”

The street celebrations culminated in Madrid's Cibeles square, before the players continued the party in a full Santiago Bernabéu stadium. In his speech, Ramos gleefully spoke of how the team defied their critics to win for a 13th time: “They said it wasn't possible.”

Meanwhile in the UK, the Liverpool team's arrival was a different scene entirely, as the dejected players disembarked the plane with their heads hung low.