Saturday’s Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Deportivo Alavés marked the final competitive match at Estadio Vicente Calderón, but Atlético Madrid players past and present have one last goodbye to say.
The Calderón will host the Final de Leyenda on Sunday night, the culmination of a jam-packed day of events designed to send off Atlético’s home with dignity. The match was announced after it was confirmed that the Copa final would be at the Calderón, and fans grew outraged that Atlético would not be the last team to grace the 50-year-old stadium’s pitch. Fans will be treated to some of the club’s greatest-ever players and a solid collection of contemporary talent, including Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City winger Nolito and Ronaldinho (who always seems to be at these things).
Before that kicks off, young academy players aged 11 and 12 will play an exhibition of their own. The legends match will begin at 6 p.m. CEST and a group photo will be taken upon its conclusion. You can catch the game on GOLTV.
Players confirmed to either be in the stands or play in the Final de Leyenda include Adelardo (Atlético’s all-time leader in appearances), defenders Marcelino Pérez and Luís Pereira (both part of the Intercontinental Cup winners of 1974) and a host of players from the 2010 Europa League winners, including former Pichichi and European Golden Shoe winner Diego Forlán, Paulo Assunção, Raúl García, Tomáš Ujfaluši and Juan Valera. Koke, Gabi, Saúl Ñíguez and Fernando Torres will take part of representatives from the current team.
A complete list of legends can be found here.