I have been a fan of Real Madrid since I was 15. It all started in 2016 when I turned on my TV and started searching for something to watch. I stumbled upon a football match that instantly caught my eye. It was the UEFA Champions League final between Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid.
At the time, I knew nothing about football, but I was completely lost in the game. It was when the penalty shootout had started that I realized it was a final and not only a simple game. I began to understand what the referee was gesturing and I knew, when Juanfran missed, that Real was going to win the trophy. The one responsible for scoring the last penalty was Cristiano Ronaldo. I was completely oblivious to the fact that I had fallen in love with this sport, and I for sure couldn’t predict how important it was going to be for me.
The aftermath of the victory at the San Siro
After winning the most important football competition, Real Madrid’s new manager, Zinedine Zidane guided the team to success. No one could have known that this was the start of a new era, a new series of victories that were going to place Madrid on the top, above any other team not only in Europe but in the entire world.
They won the Super Cup after defeating the Spanish team, Sevilla. After the victory, Real Madrid continued to win over every single team they faced, including some of the best, like Barcelona. In December they also won the FIFA Club World Cup, while playing against a Japanese team, Kashima Antlers.
The best year Real Madrid has ever had
Undeniably the best in the world, the team went on to prove its worth. They managed to even achieve the longest unbeaten run, winning 40 matches consecutively, breaking Barcelona’s unbeaten streak of 39 matches. It was clear that 2017 was going to be Madrid’s best year. They won a total of 5 important titles.
The first LaLiga title in five years came back to Madrid for the 33rd time in the club’s history. They also won the UEFA Super Cup, played against one of the best teams in England, Manchester United. In the same year, Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid’s best player, became the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League and they achieved “La Duodécima”, which meant that they were the only club to win this trophy two consecutive years. By the end of 2017, Real Madrid had also won both the Spanish Super Cup by defeating Barcelona, and the FIFA World Club Cup.
Three consecutive wins
They seemed to be unstoppable, but no one believed that they could repeat a season as good as their previous one. However, the team proved everybody wrong. In 2018 they won the Champions League once again in Kyiv, where they had played against Liverpool. To win three such trophies in less than four years seemed impossible to any other team, but it was Madrid’s reality. At this point, Madrid has more Champions League trophies than any other team, and they are certainly not stopping here.
The increase in Madrid’s achievements throughout the years was mesmerizing and I was trapped in every game they played. I used to think that football meant only being skilled and a fast runner, but their dedication and motivation inspired me and showed me how full of emotion this game could be. I think that the thing which totally amazed me about Real Madrid’s team was the fact that they played with their hearts, before playing with their feet.
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