Real Madrids reign is over: now is the time to salute, not mock them | Barney Ronay

The humiliation by Ajax led to much mirth at Madrids expense but four Champions League crowns in five years is a period of dominance that history will look upon kindly Please allow me to introduce myself, Im a man of wealth and taste. Ive been around for well, quite a long time as it happens, most notably as champions of Europe for the last thousand days, an era of oddly room-temperature dominance that has now come to an end. The period of public mourning has been notably brief. Instead Real Madrids ejection from the Champions League on Tuesday night was greeted not by tributes and tears, but with a chorus of crowing delight. Sympathy for the devils Meringues? Theres not …