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Real Madrid stars get heroes welcome on return to Spain

Madrid: Thousands of Real Madrid fans chanted and waved supporter scarves under a rain of confetti yesterday in the Spanish capital as the team returned home after an historic 11th European Cup win.

Jubilant Real Madrid fans welcome their team home as they parade the European Cup on an open-top bus tour in Madrid yesterday. Pic/AFP
Jubilant Real Madrid fans welcome their team home as they parade the European Cup on an open-top bus tour in Madrid yesterday. Pic/AFP

An open top bus emblazoned with the word "Campeones" (Champions) carried the team, who showed off the trophy to fans who had spent hours awaiting their heroes in the heart of the city.

"How can I not love you!" shouted the ecstatic crowd at the Plaza de Cibeles — a traditional meeting point for Real's trophy celebrations.

The Real players, who arrived home from Milan around 6:00am, headed directly for Cibeles where the fans had been celebrating since midnight.

The football-mad Spanish capital, had been dominated by the two clubs crests and colours in a frenzied build-up to the final, which was expected to attract a worldwide audience of 180 million people in over 200 countries.

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