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Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen congratulates Real Madrid following their UCL win over Manchester City

Published at :April 19, 2024 at 1:12 PM
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Shashank Tripathi

Magnus Carlsen has also been spotted at a few Real Madrid games.

Norwegian Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen recently took to social media to express his support for La Liga giants Real Madrid during their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal game against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on April 17 (Wednesday).

After a 3-3 draw in the first leg, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid locked horns against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. With goals from Rodrygo (12′) and Kevin de Bruyne (78′), the scores were levelled at 1-1 after the full-time whistle.

During that time, chess legend Magnus Carlsen took to X (formerly Twitter) and supported Los Blancos by writing, “You gotta win to win. Hala Madrid”.

Real Madrid eventually won the match 3-4 on penalties, as the likes of Bernando Silva and Mateo Kovacic missed important shots from Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti’s side has advanced into the semifinals of the 2024 UEFA Champions League, as they will face Bayern Munich in the next round.

Apart from the game of chess, Magnus Carlsen has always been a big fan of football. The Norwegian Chess Grandmaster has visited several games of Real Madrid. In 2013, he also spent some time with the Los Blancos squad at Santiago Bernabeu, where he also wore a Madrid t-shirt.

In 2020, Carlsen also took to X to congratulate Liverpool after the Reds won the Premier League title after a 30-year wait.

Talking about the chess star, Magnus Carlsen revealed last month that he won’t be participating in the FIDE Candidates 2024 as he’s not interested in playing the long format of the game. He said, “I would say the main reason is that I don’t enjoy it. It’s as simple as that.”

After winning the 2023 World Cup, Carlsen secured qualification for FIDE Candidates 2024. However, following his withdrawal from the competition in Toronto, Azerbaijani chess grandmaster Nijat Abasov secured a spot.

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