Real Madrid Will Not Give Barcelona a Guard of Honour this Weekend
“There will be no guard of honour. Full Stop”
Barcelona are the Champions of Spain once again. The Catalan club secured their seventh title in ten years with a win against Deportivo on Sunday courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick.
Real Madrid have struggled in La Liga all season and lost to their rivals 3-0 at the Bernabeu earlier in the campaign.
Traditionally, if a team wins the league title before the end of the season, in their next game, the opposition forms a guard of honour as the team enters the pitch before the match.
In recent years, we have seen bitter rivals have the excruciating pain of forming a guard of honour for their opposition; most notably Arsenal for Manchester United in 2013.
Should Real Madrid acknowledge their rival’s achievement?
Much to the dismay of many Real Madrid fans, the club’s official Twitter account did in fact congratulate Barcelona on winning the title on Sunday.
Congratulations to @FCBarcelona for winning LaLiga and the Copa del Rey this season.
— Real Madrid C.F.🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) April 30, 2018
Even though the two teams have a tense rivalry, surely they should respect each other along with the traditions of football.
Back in 2008, Barcelona gave Real Madrid a guard of honour after Los Blancos had won the league the previous week.
Real Madrid won the game 4-1 thanks to goals from Raul, Arjen Robben, Gonzalo Higuain and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
Sergio Ramos says no
As you can see from the main picture of this article, Sergio Ramos was in the Real Madrid side given a guard of honour by Barcelona.
Carles Puyol, the Barcelona captain that day, can be seen shaking his hand as he enters the pitch.
However, Ramos has no such respect for his rivals and has stated:
“Barca have the title, which is what they wanted, but there will be no guard of honour full stop.”
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