Fans flocked to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California to watch 12-time European champions Real Madrid play three-time winners Manchester United with talents like Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial on display.
But the script was flipped when Ronald McDonald was seen leading the players from both squads onto the pitch, and the McDonald’s clown provided the summer’s best moment by staying alongside the referees and shakings hands with the players.
United’s own resident clown Marouane Fellaini met Ronald and it was glorious. The clash of ginger-ish afros was the ultimate advertisement for the International Champions Cup.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/OMQqwLynLJ— Priya Ramesh (@Priya8Ramesh) July 23, 2017
The meeting clearly inspired Fellaini, who used his tree-like stature and velcro-like chest in the buildup to United’s opening goal. The run and assist from Martial was also a clear demonstration of the benefits of eating a 10 piece Chicken McNuggets meal before the game.
Real equalized after new signing Victor Lindelof committed one of the most blatant penalty offenses you’ll ever see. United supporters will hope the $40 million signing is a bit better than this.
— Man United In Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) July 23, 2017
With the scores level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match went straight to penalties. United won 2-1 in an absolutely pathetic shootout.
The match also revealed that Zinedine Zidane is not actually without fault — he tucks his ears into his cap, which is some kind of weird European thing.