Fans flocked to the streets of Madrid, Spain to show off a warm welcome to their national team after a noon championship at the recent FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
The team was awarded the heroes welcome and even received a reception at the Zarzuela palace for King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to personally greet.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also thanked the players for their team defending Spain's flag to the "highest level."
“Thank you for bringing enthusiasm to a country and it makes you enjoy basketball. Thanks to the team for taking the Spanish colors to the highest level. ”
During the victory parade at the so-called Plaza de Colon, fans will not miss a chance to greet the team led by NBA veterans Mark Gasol Rudy Fernandez and FIBA MVP Ricky Rubio.
They board the open-top bus for the procession.
For Spain coach Sergio Scariolo, who has been thrown into the air by the players for the celebration, he paid tribute to the players for their hard-heartedness and intelligent brain that were key to their wins.
“You want to know why this team are champions? Because it never gave up, even when things looked ugly, ”Scariolo said. “They deserve to be world champions.” (Fiba)