VALENCIA - Sergio Ramos suffered
an embarrassing mishap during Real Madrid's celebration of
Wednesday's King's Cup triumph when he dropped the trophy under
a bus at their victory parade.
Defender Ramos, one of the club captains and a world
champion with Spain last year in South Africa, had the cup on
top of his head as the bus inched past thousands of Real fans
celebrating in the centre of the Spanish capital.
As he lowered the imposing silver trophy, which weighs nine
kilograms and measures 78 centimetres, it slipped from his grasp
and under the front of the open-top vehicle.
The bus continued for several metres before the driver
realised and photographs reproduced in local media suggested it
had suffered serious damage.
This was later confirmed by Federico Alegre, the curator of
the club's trophy collection, who told sports daily Marca Real
had had to put a replica of the Cup on display at their Bernabeu
stadium on Thursday.
"There's always a plan B," Marca quoted him as saying.
"I am not going to get into the state of the cup because
everyone saw from where it fell and that a bus ran over it...
you can imagine the state it was in," he added.
"We'll have to see if we can sort it out. The patient is in
a coma but there are comas that can be overcome."
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victory over arch rivals Barcelona in Valencia, their first
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