Ramos keeps firm grasp on Copa del Rey trophy

Published May. 11, 2011 5:48 p.m. ET

This time, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos held on tight to the Copa del Rey trophy.

The Spanish international had dropped the cup under the front tire of the open-top bus containing the celebrating Madrid players last month, requiring it to be repaired ahead of Wednesday's ceremony.

Ramos joked that he had a firm hold on the cup during the function to toast the team winning the title for the first time in 18 years.

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho broke a self-imposed silence to thank the fans, while team President Florentino Perez says ''this title was an obsession - but now we can dream of more successes.''

Madrid beat Barcelona 1-0 in extra time in the final.