NEWS | 04/09/2017“You are an extraordinary ambassador of our club for all of madridismo”, said Florentino Pérez.
The presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu hosted the event which saw Fernando Alonso named as an honorary club member of Real Madrid. Club president Florentino Pérez presented him with the honorary club member card and a shirt with his name and number 1 on the back during the event which was attended by a large number of members of the board of directors.
Florentino Pérez praised the two-time Formula 1 world champion: "This event today is meant as a show of appreciation from Real Madrid to one of our fans and members. It is recognition from our club of one of the greatest Spanish sportsmen of all time. He is a pioneer who achieved something that no Spaniard had achieved before: he was a Formula 1 world champion".
"Fernando, you are an extraordinary ambassador of our club for all of madridismo. Because of this, the General Assembly of Members unanimously agreed to grant you our maximum recognition of honorary member of Real Madrid. Two-time world champion of Formula 1 and three times runner-up. You debuted at just 19 years of age and since then you have been adding to your collection of trophies with 32 Grand Prix victories and an impressive record. Your character transcends beyond the circuits. You carry the Spain brand across all continents and also the passion for your beloved Real Madrid. We know what this shirt and this badge means to you".
"This recognition is a sign of gratitude for your love and commitment. Your character represents values that are ours: commitment, fighting to the end, sacrifice, yearning for victories. Your courage and bravery in the face of adversity have made you an icon of world sport. This club, like you, always wants more. This is your Real Madrid, the club that has 12 European Cups. We all know you are the best and we want to thank you for your love for Real Madrid".
Alonso: "I was born to be a fan of this great club"
"Many thanks to the president and Real Madrid. It is a tremendously special day to be here in this stadium that I love from a distance with all the trips I have. I’m always up to date with what is happening at Real Madrid and I always follow the great moments that we share. This started from when I was little, my father was a big Real Madrid fan and he instilled in me the values of the club. Since I was little I experienced the Quinta del Buitre and everything that came from there. I’ve always tried to enjoy it as much as possible and always with passion".
"I've been asked a lot why I support Real Madrid. I've never had a clear answer. I am a Real Madrid fan because I am a Real Madrid fan. Neither do I know why my eyes are brown. Real Madrid chose me to be, like millions of people, a fan of this great club. Somehow, we were born to be fans of this great club. I am another member and it’s a great source of pride and honour. Hala Madrid and nothing more!".