February 6, 2011 – 53 years since the Munich air crash and former Old Trafford icon Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad in Spains La Liga. Have a look at the black band on his left arm as he celebrates one of those goals. Rumors soon flooded the internet that Ronaldo was remembering the Munich victims. Did that gesture indicate that one of the biggest names in world football – who has been away from Old Trafford for 18 months, still has huge respect for his former club?
It would not have been at all surprising because despite his many critics, the man has often admitted his fond memories of his time at Old Trafford. A number of Real players wore those armbands on the day which was highly unusual in itself as they are normally worn by the entire team.
It now appears however that the armbands were for Antonio Mezquita, a longtime Real Madrid Castilla coach and longtime member of the club. There are no credible reports confirming the story to be found anywhere but it would not be that big a surprise if Ronaldo was paying his respects to both Mezquita AND the Munich victims