Germany Bundesliga

Thousands welcome Madrid back home after European triumph

MADRID (AP) Tens of thousands of fans endured the rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday from their Champions League triumph, then packed the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium at night to watch them lift the trophy one more time.

The celebrations lasted all day and culminated at the Bernabeu, where players were welcomed by a lights show and spectacular fireworks display.

"Without your support we wouldn't have been able to win this beautiful trophy," Cristiano Ronaldo said atop a stage set up at midfield, before singing along with the crowd.