Madrid: Israeli President Shimon Peres hailed Real Madrid as a "symbol of peace" on Thursday during a visit to the Spanish giant's training grounds.
"I want you to know the depth of the love of all our boys and girls for Real Madrid. You are their heroes. They would like to be like you," the Nobel Prize-winning Israeli leader told the squad during his visit.
"They can make a distinction between playing football and playing war. They have not had much peace, for them Real Madrid is a symbol of peace.