Real Madrid's Sergio Ramo jokes with Man City's Ilkay Gundogan over dropped trophy
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has recalled in some social media banter with Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan how he let the Copa del Rey trophy fall during late-night celebrations back in 2011.
Ramos famously lost his grip on the Copa trophy during an open-top bus ride from the Bernabeu to the city-centre Cibelles statue where Madrid fans were waiting past 4 a.m. to celebrate beating Barcelona at Mestalla the previous evening, with the trophy having to be replaced after it fell to the ground and was crushed under the wheels of the vehicle.
Something similar, but not quite as dramatic, happened during City's 2017-18 Premier League celebrations following Sunday's 0-0 draw at home to Huddersfield, with Gundogan posting a photo of the moment when the trophy slipped off its pedestal during hi-jinks among the celebrating players.
Ramos' response showed he has finally learned how to laugh about his own silverware-based mishap.
The Madrid has since shown a safer pair of hands when handling silverware, and is aiming to lift a third consecutive Champions League trophy after May 26's final against Liverpool in Kiev.
Meanwhile, Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin were given a glimpse of some of the Real Madrid trophies that have avoided the same fate as the Copa del Rey.
Promoting their new movie "Deadpool 2" in Spain, Reynolds and Brolin were given a stadium tour by Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno, walking the hallowed Bernabeu turf, visiting the players' dressing room area and getting their photo taken with the club's 12 European Cups.
"This is like walking into one of the most hallowed temples on earth," claimed Reynolds, in the part of a fan of the Toronto Whitecaps. "Having this behind the scenes peek is something I will never ever forget. You are standing next to the locker of a guy [Ronaldo] who is a key part of history, that is the most amazing thing about sports, is that the players just basically become immortal."
In the less easily impressed droll sidekick role, Brolin delivered his key line with aplomb. "These are all Superheroes," the Californian said, while keeping a straight face, more or less.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan