"Every time I set foot on the Bernabeu turf I got the
jitters, a kind of anxiety that takes hold of you the moment you
step out into the glare of the floodlights."
"Back when I played at the Bernabeu it had a capacity of
120,000. Awe-inspiring! It was full for every match. It was truly
like a stage where we actors could expect to receive both ovations
and the terrible wrath of the passionate fans, who were always
demanding and often uncompromising."
"I still remember what happened on an evening back in 1957,
right after I'd scored against Benfica in a European Cup match.
In the time it took to look up, the stands became awash with white,
the fans were overcome with joy and thousands of white
handkerchiefs were being waved in the air. What a sight!"
Alfredo Di Stefano
"I've been fortunate enough to take the field at any number of stadiums, but the Bernabeu really takes your breath away. You can feel the history and the weight of the fans' expectations on your shoulders. When the crowd turns on you, it makes you want to get out of there as fast as you can. Those fans have seen it all and have every right to make their feelings known."