On 16 January, 2002, Real Madrid clinched their twelfth Spanish Super Cup. The Whites secured the trophy after overcoming Athletic Club in the final played in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). After defeating Barcelona in the semi-finals (2-3), Ancelotti’s team were crowned champions after a solid display against the Basque side.
Real Madrid dominated the proceedings and added to their silverware list thanks to a fine strike by Luka Modrić in the 38th minute and a penalty by Karim Benzema on 52’. In the 86th minute, Thibaut Courtois spectacularly saved Raúl García’s spot-kick. Modrić was named MVP for the final and, just like they did in 2020, the madridistas clinched the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia
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Modrić, MVP for the final
Luka Modrić was named MVP for the Spanish Super Cup final. The Croatian, who opened the scoring with a wonder goal at the King Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, said: “I’m delighted with the victory and to win the first trophy of the season. The MVP is less important, the most important thing is the victory and the first trophy of the season”.
Marcelo picked up his 23rd trophy with Real Madrid.
Club president Florentino Pérez expressed his delight after the Spanish Super Cup final: "I’m just like all Real Madrid fans. I’m excited to have won our first trophy this season and to have got off to a good start. We’ve turned things around with a new manager and new faces. It brings us great pleasure. We always want to win everything. Not just now, we‘ve been taught this since we were kids”.