Jubilant Real fans bring Madrid city centre to standstill


Thousands of jubilant Real Madrid fans brought the centre of the Spanish capital to a standstill as they converged on the Cibeles fountain to celebrate their team's 29th league title triumph.

After over an hour of singing, dancing and flag waving in the streets surrounding the fountain, fans were joined by players who had paraded down the city's broad Castellana avenue in an all-white double decker bus with the word "champions" emblazoned on the side.

Choreographed by two-goal hero Ronaldo and captain Fernando Hierro the players then danced their way along a walkway set up around the traditional site used by the team to celebrate its triumphs.

In a nerve-jangling final day of the Spanish league season Real clinched the title with a tense 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

Real had gone into their final game just two points ahead of title rivals Real Sociedad and knowing they had to win at the Bernabeu to guarantee the title.

Sociedad won their match at home to Atletico Madrid, but their impressive 3-0 victory proved to be of no avail given Real Madrid's victory.

As soon as the final whistle was blown at the Bernabeu a sparkling display of blazing white fireworks was launched into the Madrid night sky.

The players paraded around the pitch with a replica of the league trophy to the accompaniment of the club's centenary anthem sung by tenor Placido Domingo and a huge banner celebrating the 29th league title was placed in the centre circle.

While the players were still doing their laps of honour at the Bernabeu thousands of fans flooded down the Madrid streets towards the huge plaza surrounding the Cibeles fountain to begin a long night of celebrations.