Real Madrid’s Cup Celebrations Fall Flat after Trophy Mishap
MADRID – Celebrating Real Madrid players were left feeling flat Thursday after one of their players dropped the trophy they had just won under the wheels of a double-decker bus as they paraded through the Spanish capital.
Thousands of supporters watched in horror as defender Sergio Ramos accidentally dropped the 33 pound (15 kilogram) silverware as he waved to the crowd and tried to balance the cup on his head.
The Copa del Rey trophy crashed to the ground in front of the bus before being run over and crushed.
Police rushed to recover the cup and were seen collecting several pieces from beneath the bus.
And despite claims from the club that the cup was practically undamaged, the trophy was not paraded at the traditional celebration spot of the Plaza de Cibeles in central Madrid.
“The cup fell, it fell,” Ramos said according to Europa Press agency. “But the cup is OK.”
Real Madrid won the cup after defeating arch-rival Barcelona with an extra-time goal headed in by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is the first time they have won the cup since 1993 and their first silverware for nearly three years.
Next week Jose Mourinho’s team will tackle their Catalan adversaries again — this time in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Whoever wins the two-legged tie will play either Schalke 04 or Manchester United in the final at Wembley on May 28.
Sergio Ramos Drops Trophy After Real Madrid Win Spanish Cup
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