Real Madrid captain Marcelo holds his head in despair after stepping on the Man City crest; Watch
Real Madrid captain Marcelo Vieira has been left devastated after accidentally stepping on Manchester City’s crest at the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Real Madrid players arrived at the stadium to prepare for their UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City. While chatting with his teammates as the Madrid players came out of the tunnel for training, Marcelo accidentally stepped on the City emblem.
After his colleagues informed him of his mistake, Marcelo was seen shaking his head in disbelief. Marcelo was observed holding his head in both hands, visibly unhappy with what he had done. The incident happened minutes before Real Madrid began their final training session at the Etihad Stadium, where they played the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against City.
In recent times, players have become overtly concerned with respecting official team badges. In a separate incident, Atletico Madrid players Rodrigo de Paul, Luis Suarez and Angel Correa all avoided stepping on the Manchester City ridge before exiting the Etihad Stadium tunnel. Erling Haaland is another player who refused to step on the Manchester City crest while playing a game for Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. is another player who was seen showing a sign of respect similar to the team’s badge during a game against Valencia. Vinicius Jr. jumped over the Madrid badge at the side of the pitch as he tried to control the ball.
Manchester City v Real Madrid
Turning to Tuesday’s fixture, City beat Madrid 4-3 in a high-scoring thriller to take an early lead in their two-game encounter that will see them battle for a place in the UCL final. Karim Benzema scored two goals for Madrid, while Vinicius Jr. netted one to help his team to three goals in the game.
Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva scored all four goals for City to help them secure the first leg victory. The Premier League side will now have a one-goal lead going into their semi-final second leg against the Spanish giants.