Though Atlético Madrid acquired the league trophy on Saturday night after beating Real Valladolid, the players had to wait until Sunday to lift it in a special, RFEF-sanctioned ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Club president Enrique Cerezo spoke, along with Comunidad de Madrid president Isabel Díaz Ayuso and city mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida. Luis Rubiales, the leader of the Spanish football federation, was on location to see the trophy officially change hands from Sergio Ramos last year to Koke this year.
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You can catch the presentation in its entirety here:
Koke is the first player in more than a generation to win the league twice with Atlético — and as captain, he hoisted the trophy Gabi last lifted in 2014. Additionally, Diego Simeone has become one of three managers in the club’s 118-year history to claim two league titles. Cholo has coached Atleti to eight trophies after capturing two as a player — meaning the Argentine can lay claim to 30 percent of the team’s all-time trophy haul.
Post-celebration, several players stepped out to parade the trophy in front of the fans who haven’t seen them in-person for over a year. Back inside the Wanda Metropolitano, top scorer Luis Suárez confirmed he will stay with Atlético for the 2021/22 season.