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Sergio Ramos' Copa del Rey celebration started off graceful enough with a short routine he performed on the pitch using a matador's cape after Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Barcelona at the Mestalla. But once he did a bit more celebrating, things took a turn for the worse.

When Real arrived back in a rain-soaked Madrid and boarded an open-top bus that would take them to the center of the late-night celebrations at the Plaza de Cibeles, Sergio Ramos took hold of the Copa del Rey trophy and held it high above his head at the front of the bus as it moved slowly through the streets filled with 60,000 fans. Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was all the jubilant jostling on the bus or maybe it was just Sergio Ramos being Sergio Ramos, but at approximately 4:15 a.m., the trophy slipped out of his hands and fell under the bus. Seriously. This is something that happened. Less than 24 hours after winning the thing for the first time since 1993, and Sergio Ramos broke it.

So with the cup lodged under the bus' front bumper, the driver had to stop and get out as a group of cops came over to pry it out. The celebration continued on and everyone seemed far too happy to be upset about the accident. Somewhere, Pep Guardiola watched and chuckled, knowing that his telekinesis worked.

UPDATE: Sergio Ramos joked on his Twitter account that the whole thing was a misunderstanding and that the trophy didn't fall -- it jumped to meet all the Madrid fans at Cibeles.

Well, it didn't quite jump far enough and instead, it met the front wheel of the bus.

According to a Real Madrid spokeswoman, the trophy "is not in good shape" and now the jeweler who made the cup will have some work to do. From the AP:

"I thought it was a joke," [Federico] Alegre told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. "But later I saw that it was true. Now I will have to try and repair the damaged cup."

No, it was no joke, Mr. Alegre. It was The Ramos.

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