NEWS | 18/05/2015 | Edu Bueno"We dreamed about it, we promised it and here we are with the club's ninth European Cup", said Florentino Pérez.
In addition, Felipe Reyes gave González a first-team shirt, along with a further commemorative shirt signed by the players. The Whites' captain offered a few words: "We're delighted to be here again. It was an objective that we had had for a long time and we've achieved it in the best place possible".
Florentino Pérez: "This team can beat every record"
"Real Madrid never give up; they pick themselves up and fight hard in the manner that these players and this coaching team have done. We dreamed about it, we promised it and here we are with La Novena. Twenty years have proved a long wait, today is a day of immense happiness for the club and its fans".
"We remain the club with the most European Cups. These players fully deserve the recognition of the supporters. This Real Madrid team can beat every record. I only ask you to do what you know how: to never give up. Real Madrid are champions of Europe and you have achieved the dream".
Ignacio González: "We had faith in you"
"Many thanks for being here, which today more than ever is the home of the people of Madrid. We wanted to host the Final Four in Madrid because we had faith in you. This ninth European Cup adds to Real Madrid's legendary status as the best club in the history of European basketball, and we feel very proud of you".
The most eagerly anticipated moment came when the players moved out on to the balcony of the Real Casa de Correos to parade the European Cup in front of the Madrid fans present in the Puerta del Sol. The squad were given a rapturous reception by the supporters, who chanted "Campeones, campeones".
The Real Madrid delegation then transferred to the Palacio de Cibeles, the seat of Madrid's City Council. After exchanging gifts with the mayor, Ana Botella, Pérez gave a speech: "La Novena is a triumph for our capital city and we have turned what was an obsession for Real Madrid into a dream come true. But we always want more, because that's the indestructible spirit of this club".
"Basketball is a source of pride for Real Madrid. This ninth European Cup represents the passion and commitment of an exceptional group. This city has always been the starting point from which we traverse the world, and we have carried the name of Madrid with pride".
Ana Botella: "Madrid is proud of you"
"We're delighted with every trophy that you share with the city of Madrid. You deserve La Novena more than anyone and the city is proud that you have made Madrid a European champion. Now you may justifiably be called 'el Madrid de los récords'. For me and for the city, it's a huge honour to have a team like yours and a club like Real Madrid".