Defender Juanfran penned a letter to the Atletico Madrid faithful just days after missing the only penalty shot of the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The missed shot allowed for Cristiano Ronaldo to clinch Real Madrid’s 11th title with his penalty shot.
“Hello Atléticos, I have asked the club to address all of you with this letter to tell you everything I feel,” Juanfran wrote. “I will never forget your displays of affection when I came to ask for your forgiveness. Seeing my tears reflected in the faces of the thousands of Atléticos that packed that end of the stadium helped me cope with the tremendous sadness I felt in those hard times. As well as the support of my teammates, coaches, and all the people that makes this big family. I also want to thank you for always believing in us and, above all, for proving that being an Atlético is something very special, different, and that our heart beats stronger than any other. Two years ago, I told you that we would return to a final, now, I tell you that Gabi, our captain, will lift the Champions League sooner or later, and we will celebrate it all together in Neptuno. I love you very much and GO ATLETI.”
Watch the full penalty shootout below:
Despite the miss, Juanfran was still cheered on by his fans in attendance.
Atletico finished runner-up in the Champions League final for the third time.