After yet another breather (long breather!) Know Thy Madridista is back!
If you’re new here, Know Thy Madridista is a feature where I interview one of the many Madridistas around the globe to learn about their love for the club, how it started, where it started and their point of views.
This week, Rhiannon Jones from Real Madrid TV was gracious to answer the questions and share her love for the club. Previously we’ve had two other Real Madrid employees – Adam Bader and Kay Murray (now working with beIN Sport) to be featured on Know Thy Madridista.
Tanuj: First up, tell us about you?
Rhiannon: Half English, half Welsh, I spent my childhood living abroad in Miami, Indonesia, Panama, Malaysia, Argentina and South Africa. I’m a bilingual broadcast journalist. I worked for the BBC, Sky News and ITN before moving to Madrid in October 2010. I currently work as a reporter and presenter for Realmadrid TV. My main show is Realmadrid Life, a weekly round-up programme in English and Spanish. I also produce and present live news bulletins, report pitchside and interview the club’s manager and players. In addition to my work for Realmadrid TV, I contribute to Fox Soccer’s Champions League coverage, I host live events for Real Madrid sponsor Bwin and provide a round-up of La Liga for The Offside Rule podcast.
Tanuj: Since when have you been a Real Madrid fan? (if you happen to remember)
Rhiannon: I’ve been a Real Madrid fan since October 2010, when I first moved to Madrid. It’s difficult not to become a Madridista in this job.
Tanuj: What is your favourite part of Real Madrid football club?
Rhiannon: It’s Real Madrid’s “Sí se puede”/ “Yes we can” attitude, their ability to turn a game around. They’ve come back to win more matches than any other team in the history of La Liga, 200, and they were just one goal short of one of the most spectacular comebacks in Champions League history, against Borussia Dortmund. Being a fan during games like that semi-final, win or lose, is quite something.
Tanuj: Which has been your all time favourite Real Madrid player?
Rhiannon: I’m going to go with a current player, one I’ve watched over three seasons and interviewed many times. For his professionalism, his charm and his sheer brilliance on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo. An exceptional athlete who continues to break record after record with the Whites.
Tanuj: A Real Madrid moment you can’t forget?
Rhiannon: When Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid won their record-breaking 32nd league title, reaching 100 points that season and scoring 121 goals. Reporting from Cibeles and celebrating with the fans, players and coaching staff at Cibeles was unforgettable.
Tanuj: Who has been your favourite signing for this season?
Rhiannon: Diego López. What a brilliant goalkeeper he’s proved to be. He’s delivered under tough circumstances, remained focussed, professional, and put in some jaw-dropping saves.
Tanuj: If you could, which Madridista would you like to bring back? Could be anybody.
Rhiannon: Tough one… But it’s going to be one of the players from the most successful club side of all time, Ferenc Puskas. During his time with Real Madrid he won the Pichichi four times and helped the club win five successive league titles, as well as three European titles.