Real Madrid get own plane to rule the skies as well as the Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were left disappointed, possibly, when they were invited along to the presentation of a new Real Madrid plane by sponsors Emirates on Thursday in the Spanish capital.
Ronaldo and Ramos, along with teammates Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Karim Benzema, eagerly turned up at Barajas airport for the unveiling of the new huge Airbus A380 double-decker plane.
However unlike in the club's deal with carmaker Audi, the players neither got to fly the new plane nor to choose a model to take home and have use of for themselves for the duration of the sponsorship agreement.
This unfortunate reality was made clear in a club statement which explained that the Real Madrid A380 will instead tour destinations which Emirates serves, allowing Blancos fans to have their photos taken with it.
"Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Bale and Benzema attended the presentation of the new Real Madrid vinyl sticker on the Emirates A380," the statement said. "The plane made its debut at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas airport and is covered with a giant image of the players. Its impressive design can be seen from all sides of the plane, as the vinyl sticker covers over 500 square metres.
"As well as the Spanish capital, the Real Madrid A380 will visit the majority of destinations that Emirates serves around the world, giving Real Madrid fans the opportunity to take a photo with the aeroplane. This also includes the United States, the same country that the team will be visiting this summer."
With their shiny new toy, the reigning European champions can no rule the skies as well as the continental game.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan