Real Madrid honorary member and longtime fan Rafael Nadal gave his clarification for wearing the arch rival’s scarf in Wanda Metropolitano.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
Rafael Nadal was last seen in Wanda Metropolitano, the newly constructed home stadium of Atletico Madrid. The home side was playing against Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League semifinal.
The Spanish side knocked out the gunners and now head to Lyon where they play against the French side Marseille.
During the second leg of the semifinal, Rafa Nadal was seen wearing an Atletico Madrid scarf. The current Roland Garros champion has been a long-term associate of Real Madrid and this action of his had angered a lot of Madridistas.
Rafa Nadal earlier expressed his love for Spanish teams when the competition was against foreign sides. He claimed he would like to see a Madrid Derby in UEFA Super Cup (where the winner of Champions League play the winner of Europa League).
Now Rafa Nadal clarifies his stand and explains why he wore the scarf. Here is what the Spaniard had to say:
“Well, there is a problem with today’s society, that to be a true supporter of one team, it seems that you have to be anti another team, I just support Real Madrid. I have a lot of friends that are Atlético fans.
“They are playing in a competition in Europe against an English team. I just went there to support Atlético Madrid. They invited me. I just wanted to enjoy the day, to see a great football match.
“The [Atletico] president gave me a shirt as a gift. At night it was a little bit chilly, a little bit cold, and I just used it as a scarf. That’s all.
“But it’s always the same stuff. Maybe there’s too much hypocrisy, or I would say you people in the media have to write too many things, so you have to explore some stupid things.”
The Spaniard clearly showed us that it’s okay to relax the boundaries of clubs and enjoy the beautiful game.