Nobody wanted to miss River Plate - Boca Juniors of Santiago Bernabéu. Neither in Madrid nor outside. In addition to the local soccer players and the authorities, many football and VIP characters in general flew to the Spanish capital this Sunday to witness the final of the Copa Libertadores de América 2018. In fact, the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol, organizer of the tournament) invited all the South American players who play in Spanish League clubs.
In the box of authorities, next to the president of the Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, was the one of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, the one of the FIFA, Gianni Infantino and the one of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales. Also the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, the Minister of Culture, José Guirao, or the Secretary of State for Sport, María José Rienda.
Leo Messi, like a good Argentine, did not want to miss the match. The star of FC Barcelona was not the only Barça presence in the white stadium, as were Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Piqué.
Atlético replaced Real Madrid Another strong representation, for obvious reasons, was that of Atlético de Madrid, starting with his coach, Diego Pablo Simeone, and his second, Germán Burgos, and continuing with the squad: Jan Oblak, Filipe Luís, Diego Godin or Antoine Griezmann crossed the M-30. The French forward did not hide his sympathies, as he appeared on social networks wearing a sweatshirt with the Boca Juniors shield.
Yes they missed it, paradoxically, the players of Real Madrid, who at the time of the initial whistle were still returning from Huesca, where they won (0-1) their league match this Sunday. His former teammate James Rodriguez, now at Bayern, did arrive on time from Munich, as well as Lucas Torreira (Arsenal) from London.
Juventus was another of the best represented. Bonucci, Bentancur, Chiellini and Dybala, among others, shared a private box. These last two staged an anecdote, as they tried to access the box of honor by mistake and had to turn around. Other exfutbolistas present at the Bernabéu were Javier Zanetti and the exmadridistas Esteban Cambiasso and Javier Saviola.