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ICYMI – the Superman edition

February 11, 2013

In case you missed it – Real Madrid vs. Sevilla [2013-02-09, Liga jornada 23, 4-1].

AS’ cover screamed “SUPERMÁN” and La Sexta followed suit.

We can’t seem to beat teams from Andalucía in Andalucía, but over at the Bernabéu, it’s a whole other story, as our home stadium remains a fortress.  And hopefully that will extend to Wednesday’s game against Manchester United!

ONE.  Karim Benzema kicked off the goalscoring…

… and Cristiano completed it with a hat trick, pushing past legend Ferenc Puskás to become the second ranked Madrid player in the number of times where hat tricks or better were scored, with 20 (Alfredo di Stéfano is first with 31), and Paco Gento (another legend) to become Madrid’s sixth all time top goalscorer (and the Liga’s 26th) with 183 goals.

This season, Cris has scored 36 goals in 35 games.  Brutal numbers!  Curiously enough, Sevilla is the Liga team he has scored most on, with 12 goals in seven games.

We adore you Cris!

He reserved a tremendous ovation from the Bernabéu once he subbed out, and he thanked the fans for the gesture.

TWO.  Several of the players on the field on Saturday have played for both teams, or together with other teams, and we could see signs of the resulting friendships.  There were hugs between Sevilla’s Portuguese goalkeeper Beto and Fábio and Cristiano.  Our canterano Álvaro Negredo doled out hugs and kisses as he went down the receiving line (he served as Sevilla’s captain, which meant more hugs with Sergio) while Sergio and Manu del Moral, onetime teammates on La Roja, hugged after the game.

And of course, there was Sergio and his inseparable Jesús.

And in the tunnel, we had almost all of Sevilla’s players wanting kisses from Diego López, who seems to have made quite an impact in his half year with the club.  Not to be outdone, Cris gave him one too, as did Sergio, while Mesut looked on (jealously).

THREE.  And Álvaro Arbeloa posted this photo after the game, which illustrates how much discord there is in the locker room.  Pepe returned five weeks after his operation and played as a midfielder for 22 minutes in the second half.

And how hilarious is it that Álvaro and Luka both chose to wear Dolce & Gabbana Monica Bellucci t-shirts on the same day?  The store in Madrid should have an assistant whose sole job is to make sure that the players don’t purchase the same (or similar) item(s).  [The same goes for Gucci and Louis Vuitton…]

FOUR.  Some Sergio moments.  Being all captain-y…

… using Álvaro Negredo to execute a flip, and being affectionate with a child.

FIVE.  And this genius sign – we have the best and most creative fans in the world!

¡Hala Madrid!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Alyssa permalink
    February 11, 2013 15:47

    I feel like those of us who love Cris need to love him twice as hard to make up for all the haters. It’s the best when it seems like we succeed at that…and that he feels it 🙂

  2. ane permalink
    February 11, 2013 17:31

    What a game. I hope the team has the same winning attitude on Wednesday too. It’s getting better and la Decima could come to Madrid.

  3. jellyace permalink
    February 11, 2013 21:07

    Real Madrid’s match captain, Sergio Ramos, was from Sevilla; Sevilla’s match captain, Alvaro Negredo, was from Real Madrid. Switcheroo!

  4. madridista permalink
    February 12, 2013 00:46

    Seeing Sergio with the little kids :’D he’s going to make a great father some day!

  5. February 12, 2013 19:59

    I’m soo excited about tomorrow’s match. HALA MADRID!!

  6. Sarah G. permalink
    February 12, 2013 21:16

    Hi Una,
    Great post again! Cristiano was an absolute delight to watch. A few things: May you please translate the sign? Also, I read in the British Press that Iker came out lately and said something to the effect that Mourinho is the best manager in the world but that he’s gone mad this season. Is this true? It is the British press and I should take that with a grain of salt, but I’m just curious about it.

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2013 08:08

      It’s a reference to TV3’s (now infamous) video comparing Madrid’s players to hyenas (“hienas” in Spanish). The sign translates to “Madrid’s trophy display cases are ‘hienas,'” since “hienas” sounds like “llenas,” which means “full.”

  7. February 12, 2013 23:10

    I assume you live in Madrid… PLEASE show up to Arbeloa’s house with some shaving cream and a shaver!! 😀 I I’ve had enough of this look of his!
    *And oh wow RM had an amazing game on this past weekend. Congrats to all of them!

    • unamadridista permalink*
      February 13, 2013 08:09

      Jajaja, I tried that with Iker… it didn’t work.

  8. Anonym permalink
    February 14, 2013 20:34

    Cristiano Ronaldo, what more can I say? he´s the best!

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