November 7, 2003
At an event held yesterday evening in the Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid, the stars of Real Madrid football club collected their new cars from Audi, the club’s new automobile partner.
The handover event was attended by Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid C.F., Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, and Jesus Gasanz, General Manager of Audi in Spain.
“Real Madrid has made a superb start to the season and we are delighted to be providing such pace-setting players with our sportiest Audi models”, commented Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “I am confident that the Audi cars collected today are the choice of this season’s champions.”
The Real Madrid players, who have soared to the top of “La Liga” and of their group in the Champions League, have chosen the sportiest models from the Audi range.
Audi choices of Real Madrid stars Raúl, Ronaldo and Figo
Team captain Raúl and fellow striker Ronaldo have both chosen the perfect car for the dynamic forward player: the most powerful car in the Audi range, the 450 horsepower Audi RS 6 quattro. Powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the RS 6 can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 4.7 seconds.
Technical highlights such as an aluminium body and adaptive air suspension made the Audi A8 4.2 quattro, the flagship model of the Audi range, the choice of midfielder Figo.
Tips from the Real Madrid trend-setters
Between them, the 21 players of the Real Madrid first team chose seven different Audi models, but they all agreed on one thing – if you are going to drive an Audi, you have to drive one with quattro four wheel drive.
By far the most popular Audi model amongst the players was the 344 horsepower Audi S4 quattro, the sporty top model of the A4 range. A total of 12 players chose this particular model, with half of them choosing the Avant version.
More than half of the players chose V8-powered cars and the rest chose V6-powered cars, meaning that the Real Madrid players have a total of 6,633 Audi horsepower at their disposal.
In the opinion of the Real Madrid first team, the best Audi colour is Light Silver metallic, the choice of 10 players. Finishing a close second was Ebony Black pearl effect, which was chosen by six players.
Audi signed an agreement with Real Madrid in July to become the club’s automobile partner for the next three seasons.
The agreement was signed at the Audi Forum in Madrid by Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid C.F. and Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG.
It enables Audi to promote itself inside the Bernabéu stadium and to publicise its new partnership using images of the entire Real Madrid team.
Audi choices of all the Real Madrid players
Player / Model
1 – Iker Casillas: Audi A6 2.5 TDI quattro
13 – Carlos Sánchez: Audi A6 2.5 TDI quattro
25 – César: Audi S4 Avant quattro
2 – Míchel Salgado: Audi S4 Avant quattro
3 – Roberto Carlos: Audi S4 Avant quattro
4 – Rubén: Audi TT 3.2 quattro
6 – Iván Helguera: Audi S4 quattro
15 – Raúl Bravo: Audi S4 quattro
17 – Minambres: Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0 quattro
22 – Pavón: Audi S4 quattro
26 – Borja: Audi S4 quattro
5 – Zidane: Audi S4 Avant quattro
10 – Figo: Audi A8 4.2 quattro
14 – Guti: Audi S4 Avant quattro
19 – Cambiasso: Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0 quattro
21 – Solari: Audi S4 Avant quattro
23 – Beckham: Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0 quattro
27 – Núnez: Audi S4 quattro
7 – Raúl: Audi RS 6 quattro
9 – Ronaldo: Audi RS 6 quattro
11 – Portillo: Audi S4 quattro