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.
Several of our boys unashamedly burst into tears at the conclusion of the game. Dani Carvajal, a canterano and true madridista, started crying as soon as the whistle blew, and continued crying throughout most of the celebration. Meanwhile, Marcelo had tears in his eyes as he hugged Zizou, who told him that he was a “monster.”
What’s a collection of posts without The Xabi Alonso pose section™?
Due to the fact that he was suspended for the final in Lisbon, we got many glimpses of Xabi in a suit throughout the afternoon and night, and of course he looked as elegant and stylish as ever, even when doing the most mundane things, such as talking on the phone…