Of course there is another way of understanding life than not winning any European Cup, and that other way of understanding life consists precisely of winning 13 European Cups. And of course a Real Madrid fan can’t understand an Atletico Madrid fan (in fact a Real Madrid fan can’t understand anyone, regardless of whether they support Atletico, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or AC Milan) because Real Madrid was named by FIFA as the best club of the 20th century, and the 21st century has all the traces of following the same path.
This article will be immediately interpreted as a lack of respect towards Atletico Madrid, a very serious offense, a huge loss, a provocation, but nothing could be further from the truth. I like Atleti, I have a lot of Colchonero friends and some of them, I have to admit very few, even hate Real Madrid. Most of Atletico‘s fans do; they do hate the best club in history and they even clamp down on Barcelona, and I understand it: there is always anger against the best.
So that there are no doubts: I wish the best to Atleti in this rare, different Champions League. I do not feel concerned about a European Cup in which Real Madrid are not there (it’s something like visiting Disneyland and not seeing Mickey Mouse), but I wish them all the best. Although this does not mean that I think at all that football owes a European Cup to Atleti or anyone because the European Cups are not owed, the European Cups are won on the pitch. If Atleti does, if Atleti wins the European Cup, I will be the first to congratulate them. And if Atletico Madrid become champions, Los Rojiblancos‘ fans will have a thirteenth part of the vision that a Real Madrid fan has. It’s difficult to understand, I know.