Madrid Press: The Lisbon countdown begins

Madrid Press: The Lisbon countdown begins


Atletico de Madrid players and fans met in Plaza de Neptuno last night to celebrate their La Liga success, with more than 200,000 supporters lining the streets to celebrate the first league title since 1996.

Now, with those celebrations out of the way, there is just one thing everyone is waiting for this week – the Champions League final.

As reports on events in Lisbon, now that the stadium has been handed over to UEFA for the week. Stadium tours have been suspended until after the final, there are Champions League final posters both inside and outside the ground, and what is normally the Benfica club shop has been turned into a Champions League one, with replica Real Madrid and Atletico shirts on sale. The media area is already up and running, and the game will be attended by around 500 members of the fourth estate.

Marca and AS both look back at the La Liga campaign too, and there is praise for Cristiano Ronaldo who has won the Pichichi award – the top goalscorer in Spain. He ended up with 31 league goals, three ahead of Leo Messi and four ahead of Diego Costa. He also shares the Golden Boot prize with Luis Suarez of Liverpool.