… it was Drunk Xabi who made the decision, wasn’t it?
Okay, last sad post. On to better and brighter things (please Madrid, cooperate with me on this)!
Why, Xabi, why?
How could you do this to us? I had only just begun to get my head around the fact that we Spain fans will no longer have the pleasure of seeing him being the boss of the midfield, and then this happens.
(At least he won’t have to wear the dragon shirt now.)
Real Madrid – represented by Iker Casillas, James Rodríguez, Xabi Alonso, Marcelo and Gareth Bale – presented their third kits for this season on Tuesday. This shirt was designed by Yohji Yamamoto, and features two entwined dragons on the front, plus the designer’s signature on the inside of the collar.
I saw the shirt up close at my local Adidas store yesterday, and I have to say, I’m not the biggest fan. I think it’s a bit jarring. But I will admit it’s different and relatively original, but I don’t see what dragons have to do with Real Madrid (it kind of makes sense if the Spanish press is right and this was made to capture the Asian market). As my madridista friend pointed out, it’s Barcelona that has a connection with dragons, as the patron saint of the city is Sant Jordi (Saint George). (He also said, “I love it, it’s so tacky.”)
Besides, from a short distance away, it reminds me of this.
How can the top moment of La Décima be anything but La Décima itself? The tremendous bliss all of us madridistas felt in the moment the trophy was raised up, the feeling of relief after having waited 12 long years and inching closer with each passing year, the satisfaction from the way we won the final (and beating our longtime rival), the joy from being able to say “let the celebrations begin, we just won our tenth Champions League title”!
Another moment (or moments) I loved was the multitude of kisses between Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas. They normally start the game off with a kiss, but during this game, there were lots more to follow. After Sergio scored the goal that tied the game, Iker rewarded him with a kiss. This was because Iker had clearly failed in allowing Atleti’s goal, and Sergio had essentially saved his behind.
Xabi Alonso’s celebration of Gareth Bale’s goal – he jumped down from the stands, and sprinted onto the field and straight towards the scrum of celebrating players – was epic, legendary and really worth it, for the importance of that goal. But it also cost him.
There were lots of great moments in Lisbon, including the presence of several of our legends, who also happen to be previous Champions League winners. Fernando Hierro (3), Raúl (3), Pedja Mijatović (1), Paco Gento (a record 6) and Amancio Amaro (1) made the trip to support the club, while Zinedine Zidane (1) was there as the assistant coach, and Manolo Sanchís (2) and Fernando Morientes (3) (among others) were there as commentators.
This is another adorable moment from the conquest of La Décima. Carlo Ancelotti was calmly speaking to the media at the postgame press conference, when a group of players – Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Isco, MFC Álvaro Borja Morata Martín (sob), Luka Modrić and Sami Khedira burst into the room, singing “Cómo no te voy a querer” and spraying champagne and water. The expression on Carletto’s face when he spotted them is priceless!
Their enthusiasm and joy were so contagious that Carlo began singing with them. I love the relationship between our coach and his players! Before filing out (while still singing), Sergio made sure to kiss Carlo on the top of his head, while Pepe got his cheek.