Real Madrid given replica to replace flattened trophy
Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after beating FC Barcelona 1-0 during the final of the Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain Wednesday April 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Pool)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, April 22, 2011 9:29AM EDT
MADRID, Spain - Real Madrid has a replica of the Copa del Rey trophy on display at its stadium after the original was crushed amid the celebrations of its 1-0 final victory over Barcelona.
The replacement is on display at the club's trophy museum inside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium after the owner of the Madrid jewelers that made the trophy raced back from Wednesday's match in Valencia to deliver the spare.
"I always make a spare in case something unexpected happens, lest (King Juan Carlos) be left with nothing to give out. The spare has been ready for a long time," Federico Alegre told daily newspaper El Mundo on Friday.
The "something" happened in the early hours of Thursday morning in Madrid when Sergio Ramos lost his grip on the 15-kilogram trophy and dropped it from the top of the team bus, which then ran over the cup. Emergency services gathered up the pieces and put them inside the bus after it stopped.
"It was a fall of five meters, a bus ran over it, it has lost pieces, the base is destroyed and the rest is dented," said Alegre, who would attempt to repair the badly damaged original. "I am not sad or even angry. These things happen, it will be another anecdote to be told in the future."
Cristiano Ronaldo headed home the extra-time winner to give Madrid its 18th domestic cup and first since 1993.
"It's surprising to see it. It's lovely, and much bigger than we expected," the club quoted Francisco, Maria and their young son Sergio -- the first people to see the replica in the museum -- on its website.