Así fue la celebración de los campeones del mundo de baloncesto

Spanish King and Queen pay tribute to world champions

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NEWS | 16/09/2019

The roster descended on the Zarzuela and Moncloa palaces, before rounding off the celebrations in La Plaza de Colón.
It's been an afternoon of celebrations for the Spanish basketball team, who on Sunday secured the world crown in Beijing after downing Argentina (75-95) with two madridistas in the roster (Rudy and Llull). Following a long flight, the players touched down at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport after 6pm (CET).

With captain Rudy Fernández clutching the trophy secured in China, the world champions headed to the Palacio de la Zarzuela, where they were greeted by the King and Queen of Spain. The expedition then made its way towards the Palacio de la Moncloa to meet Spain's acting president, Pedro Sánchez. The celebration route was concluded in Plaza de Colón, where the roster shared the trophy with the thousands of fans who were awaiting the team's arrival.

Rudy: "Long live Spanish basketball"
Rudy captained the team and was the first player to take to the mic: "I just want to thank all of you, but particularly my family and my amazing second family, who are these great players. Thanks to all of the players for helping me, for making this summer so special and for allowing me the great excitement of lifting this trophy. Long live Spanish basketball!"
 
Llull: “We felt you support over in China"
"Good evening, Madrid. I just want to thank you for your support. We were a long way from home but felt your support over in China. As Willy said, I want to thank those who don't appear on the TV: the physios, doctors, delegate, kitmen and coaches... I don't want to miss anyone out. I also have a special mention for all of the players who were involved in the qualifiers, a slice of this medal is yours too".
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