68,000-full Stadium Applause for World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen at Real Madrid - Valladolid Kick-Off
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen received an ovation from a 68,000-full stadium on his 23rd birthday, on Saturday, for the ceremonial kick at the La Liga match Real Madrid versus Valladolid. This 'birthday gift' came Magnus Carlsen's way at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium after a personal invitation from Real Madrid CF President Florentino Pérez. Pérez also presented Carlsen with a shirt and engraved watch as birthday gifts.
Realmadrid.com notes that Carlsen “received an ovation from the Bernabéu for winning the World Chess Title by beating Viswanathan Anand, who is also a Real Madrid supporter”. Real Madrid proceeded to beat Valladolid 4-0, with Gareth Bale scoring his first hat-trick in the club. The website has plenty of photographs:
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