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Semana Blanca UEM. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso opens Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea's Semana Blanca

NEWS | 18/05/2020

"In professional sport, the values that you learn from a young age are discipline, teamwork and dedication", commented the racing driver.
Fernando Alonso opened the Semana Blanca (White Week) in a video conference call with the students at the Real Madrid Graduate School - Universidad Europea. During the course of the event, which was moderated by Emilio Butragueño, the two-time Formula 1 world champion and honorary club member explained: "In professional sport, the values that you learn from a young age are discipline, teamwork and dedication. There's no professional athlete who doesn't have those values".

"There are a lot of talented people out there, but only a small few are successful in making the sport into their career or life and to do so you have to forgo a lot of things in life. When you're 12 or 15 it's not the right time to be doing that, you should be treating it as a game rather than taking it so seriously, but it's the only way of succeeding. Practising sport from a young age is vital".

New challenges
"It was when I was searching for challenges and options for the coming years that I decided to opt for the Dakar adventure. It was like tossing a coin and seeing how I could enjoy what's a really different car. It was a positive experience that I'm sure I'll do again in the future, but in the coming two or three years I'm in great physical shape and my motivation is sky high, so I wanted to focus on a top-level category, be that a return to F1, a resistance championship, Indycar... I think that my next challenge will be a top-level one because I still think that I'm at 100% to go out and do it".

Having a passion and following it day in, day out is the driving force behind many of the things that happen to us and, for me, that driving force is Real Madrid.

"I've been a Real Madrid fan since my childhood. I should say that my dad was a semi-professional goalkeeper. When I was a child, I played in goal at school to copy my dad and I followed football, just like any other child did. My grandad was a Madrid fan, my dad was a Madrid fan and I was a Madrid fan. We would watch the games together and we enjoyed such a great number of joys that the club gave us".

Passion for Madrid
"My passion gradually grew, the number of journeys I made around the world also increased and the pride I felt to say that I was a Real Madrid fan grew. Wherever I go there's loads of people who follow football and when they ask you 'What team do you support?' you hold you head high when you're able to say that you're a Real Madrid fan because you're the best and people simply have no option but to be happy for you. Many of the people I meet around the world are also Real Madrid fans too".

Honorary club member
"So it was something that grew over time and when I was able to move of my own account, when I travelled to Madrid and had the chance to go to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first few times, meet the president, the honorary club member event... It's gone from strength to strength. I'm enjoying following my boyhood club, not only the football team but the basketball team too and all of the activities that go only, witnessing the club's day-to-day activities, with the stadium, the signings and everything that goes on. Having a passion and following it day in, day out is the driving force behind many of the things that happen to us and, for me, very often that driving force is Real Madrid".

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