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Magnus Carlsen Kicks Off Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/1/13, 1:11 AM.

On Saturday night Magnus Carlsen performed the kick off for the football match Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid. The Norwegian chess player, who became World Champion last week, was wearing a Real Madrid shirt with 'Magnus' on his back. The home team won the match 4-0 with three goals by Gareth Bale.

"It was super cool, it was great for a football fan," said Carlsen to the Norwegian newspaper VG in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, late Saturday night. "I had planned to stay home and relax, but this was something I could not say no to."

It was the perfect birthday gift for Carlsen, who turned 23 on Saturday, eight days after winning the chess crown. A big Real Madrid fan, Carlsen was personally invited by Florentino Perez, President of Real Madrid. For the eyes of about 70,000 spectators, Carlsen kicked off the match, applauded by players and also the referee. Xabi Alonso gave Carlsen a " high five " when he left the grass carpet.

It's common for football matches in La Liga to be kicked off by celebrities. In the video below, the commentators clearly have no idea who the celebrity is, but maybe they will next time!

Carlsen met with big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale, who scored three times in the match. "I talked a bit with Xabi Alonso and he was very impressed with what I've been doing. I 've been a big fan of him for long, so that was good, said Carlsen to VG. Asked whether some of the players play chess, Carlsen said: "I do not know, and it's hard to say. The referee played chess!"

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  • 10 months ago

    tesasembiring

    did Magnus make a goal as a world champhion?,hehehe (laughs)

  • 10 months ago

    yogiOK

    Being World Champion is like a season pass to many other sporting venues. And face it, every sports star wants to be photographed with such a star and mind of chess.

  • 10 months ago

    HakoneRider

    C'mon soccer commentators.. He's not a spanish sports star or a Norwegan GM.. (yes I write the same way what Real Madrid tweets), he's the World Champion !

  • 10 months ago

    shashanganramesh

    carlsen is a gud footchess player

  • 10 months ago

    Zinsch

    @Kepheus: Right. Barca clearly does not depend on Messi, as evidenced by there suprime performance last season, when Messi was injured ... oh wait.

  • 10 months ago

    m_musumeci

    lmfao @ eien

  • 10 months ago

    bigbikefan

    As one football headcoach suggested to his team: "Football ain't chess - you've gotten to think there!"

  • 10 months ago

    nibir

    Visca El Barca Cool

  • 10 months ago

    heinzie

  • 10 months ago

    crazyim5

    He is not just a Norwegian GM. Real Madrid FC twitter should have addressed him as "World Champion". 

  • 10 months ago

    chessrook1234

    Hope Real Madrid does not play like BC Boring Carlsen...and patient waits without scoring...scores only in extra time..lol..just kidding...nice to see Carlsen Awe stuck seeing the soccar players.

  • 10 months ago

    Aloken

  • 10 months ago

    eien

    Lucky of us that he was a Real Madrid fan. Had he shaken hands with Messi, the universe itself would have imploded.

  • 10 months ago

    cimzowitsch

    Bayern Munich would be the next ...

  • 10 months ago

    KenyDurant

    Seeing a celebrity get starstruck is awesome.

  • 10 months ago

    WTF-Hungary

    Hala Madrid !

  • 10 months ago

    Kepheus

    I am not pleased seeing MC at RM. But perhaps as a chessplayer you have to like Real and their individualsport. On the other hand, without the combinational teamskills of Barca, I'd had quit on soccer much earlier.

    real is nothing w/o CR9, Messi is nothing w/o Barca.  

    More ways than one lead to the championsleaguetitle, it seems.

  • 10 months ago

    myloxylo

    One more reason not to like Carlsen (Barca supporter here) ;)

  • 10 months ago

    Catorce_FCB

    Oh the horror! As a fanatic FC Barcelona supporter I don't know what to do :( Love the chess player Carlsen, but seeing him in that jersey... 

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