Madrid: Spain's most treasured football trophy, the King's Cup, slipped from the hands of a Real Madrid player on Thursday, fell under the team bus and was reportedly crushed into pieces.
Defender Sergio Ramos held the 15-kilo (33-pound) trophy above his head in an open-top bus as the triumphant team were about to enter Madrid's central Cibeles Square, packed with fans partying throughout the night.
But he lost his grip and the Cup, which Real Madrid got their hands on just hours earlier for the first time since 1993 after a 1-0 victory over Barcelona, fell in front of the bus.
The team bus then ran over the silver trophy before stopping.
Police rushed to retrieve the Cup and gave it to the bus driver but it was not displayed to the public again.
Emergency services workers picked up at least 10 pieces of the trophy, news radio Cadena Ser reported.
"It fell, it fell, it's fine, it's fine," Ramos told reporters when asked about the slip.