Video: Penguins spotted roaming inside Santiago Bernabeu construction site

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Real Madrid is a club reputed to have housed royalty all through their much-decorated history. Los Blancos are known for prizing rarity in the form of the very best footballers in the world, who in turn have contributed to the club’s incredible trophy cabinet over the years – which now boasts of a record-breaking 13 Champions League titles.

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu situated in the city of Madrid, named after the club’s most esteemed President of the yesteryears, has seen elite footballers such as the likes of Alfredo di Stefano, Zinedine Zidane and more recently, the club’s top goal scorer of all time in Cristiano Ronaldo step on the hallowed turf over the years.

The club from the Spanish capital has made the news for a ground-breaking cause once again, but this time it is not due to a footballing reason – but instead, some of the rarest birds in the world have been spotted at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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A piece of footage, that has since gone viral on social media platforms, saw penguins roaming inside the stadium – much to the surprise of the club’s fans all over the world. The footage is largely inexplicable as fans online have struggled to figure out why there are penguins on the touchline – considering they are large flightless birds, and could possibly not find their way into the stadium as a normal, migrating seagull would.

Penguins are inhabitants of the Antarctic continent in the extreme south of the planet, so their appearance in sunny Spain in March has naturally caused a lot of speculation amongst fans on Twitter.

Real Madrid’s home stadium has been undergoing renovation since June 2019 as the La Liga giants wish to present their fans with a state-of-the-art, universal icon when the work completes in June 2022.

Real Madrid returns to action at their makeshift home ground Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium after the international break against Eibar in the La Liga and will hope for their season to take flight when they welcome English champions Liverpool for the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final fixture.

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By Surjit Patowary

Extremely passionate, detail-oriented when it comes to football. Obsessed with the news. Fact-checking is life!

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