Sergio Ramos congratulates Real Madrid, Marcelo pays tribute to former captain

It was a bittersweet moment for Real Madrid captain Marcelo, who was tasked with the duty of spearheading the celebrations at the Plaza de Cibeles when the club won its 35th La Liga title on Saturday. He thanked former captain Sergio Ramos who had trained him well for the Cibeles ritual.

The Real Madrid players paraded through town from the Santiago Bernabeu to the Plaza de Cibeles on top of the team bus with the La Liga trophy on display. A massive crowd was waiting for them around the fountain, where the Goddess sat in her chariot. After greeting the supporters, Marcelo was escorted by his teammates as he made his way up a makeshift platform to reach the statue. He wrapped her with the team flag and scarf before pumping his fist in triumph.

It was a familiar yet very different sight for Madridistas, who had gotten used to seeing Ramos up there many many times in recent years. This time, Marcelo was by his lonesome. However, Ramos was on his mind. “It’s something wonderful, it’s very nice. To do this is to go into the history of Real Madrid, the best club in the world. I want to thank Sergio Ramos who took me up there once,” he said, giving a nod to his former teammate who joined PSG last summer.