Real Madrid celebrates another Champions League title with its fans on streets of Spanish capital

MADRID — For the second time in three seasons, and sixth in 10 years, Real Madrid is celebrating a Champions League title with its fans on the streets of the Spanish capital.

Several thousands came out Sunday to welcome the team a day after it won a record-extending 15th Champions League title by beating Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Wembley Stadium.

There could be even more reasons to celebrate for Madrid fans in the coming days with the club reportedly close to announcing the much-anticipated signing of Kylian Mbappé, the France star who left Paris Saint-Germain and has been targeted by the Spanish powerhouse.

Celebrations began with the squad leaving the team’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on top of an open bus that took players and the coaching staff to meet with government officials while fans lined the streets to greet the newly crowned champions. Madrid previously won the Champions League in 2022.

Several thousands were expected at the club’s traditional celebration spot at Cibeles square, where team captain Nacho Fernández was set to drape the statue of the goddess Cybele with a Madrid flag and scarf.

The festivities were expected to end at a packed Bernabeu, where players will address the fans and present them the Champions League trophy.

Nearly 80,000 fans had been at the stadium on Saturday to watch the final on large screens that were put on the middle of the field.

Madrid had celebrated the Spanish league title three weeks ago in similar fashion, but it could not go to the Bernabeu because it had just hosted a concert.

Taylor Swift played at the venue a few days ago but the club was able to make it available in time for the festivities surrounding the Champions League final.


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