REAL MADRID, ZAIN

Real Madrid. Zain. Guy/De Maisonneuve, Montreal, 2013

Why Real? I asked.

“I like Ronaldo.”

More and more young people I meet wear a jersey because of a player and not the team. It must be good for economy – if not for football – since today’s stars change teams easily and fans follow them. Zain came to Montreal only two months ago from Karachi, Pakistan. A smart young man, he is a graduate student working on his masters in industrial engineering. I can’t wait for the winter, he told me. Well, good luck Zain. Winter is coming, and it’s going to be as white, and as cold, as that jersey you wear.


REAL MADRID, MATTHEW

Real Madrid. Matthew. St-Catherine/Saint Marc, Montreal, 2011

Why Real? I asked.

“I just like Ronaldo a lot.”

Not the answer I was looking for. Matthew was not eager to be photographed and I was not eager to photograph yet another Galacticos fan. But facing my first rejection, and not ready for it, I worked a bit harder to convince him to participate. With his training jacket over the jersey Matthew reminded me that colder weather is coming and that I might have to start undressing people on the street to find out if they wear a jersey or not.


REAL MADRID, JUAN

Real Madrid. Juan. Sherbrooke/Vendome, Montreal, 2011

Why Real? I asked.

“I like the shirt and the team.”

Juan was waiting for a bus, all crouched on the bench within the bus-stop glass enclosure, when I approached him. He was very kind and stepped outside so I can take a picture. This is the first long sleeves shirt I encountered, which reminded me that soon the jerseys will be hidden under sweaters and jackets. How do I work around that little problem since moving to the Southern Hemisphere, to Seychelles maybe, is not an option? Juan is from Seychelles. He went back for a visit last year and he bought the jersey there. Real Madrid seems to be doing something right when it comes to propaganda, so far I encountered their jerseys more than any others. This one, at least, had Raul written on his back, not that other guy.

Real Madrid. Juan. Sherbrooke/Vendome, Montreal, 2011


REAL MADRID, KIANOOSH

Real Madrid. Kianoosh. De Maisonneuve/Old Orchard, Montreal 2011

Why Real? I asked.

“That’s my team, man, even before Zidane started playing there.”

I met Kianoosh just around the block after I left my house, a perfect scenario, before I got lost in the city. Just like Tania, the other Real Madrid footballista, he really wanted to show how confident he is about the club he supports. He held the index finger upright on every single photo I took of him, which cuts my editing time significantly. I am not sure Kianoosh, a born Montrealer, will be as confident at the end of the coming season but his natural optimism, and his favourite team’ shirt, suit him really well.


REAL MADRID, TANIA

Real Madrid. Tania. St. Catherine/Saint Marc, Montreal 2011

Why Real? I asked.

“Ronaldo.”

That was Tania’s simple answer as she turned her back to me and tapped the name on the jersey. Tania was great to meet, very enthusiastic about Ronaldo, and consequently Real Madrid, as well as about out two minutes long photo shoot. She was willing to show me some other jerseys in her possession. I suspected that she might pull out Ronaldo’s Manchester United shirt, so I passed. Tania is from Portugal, was natural in front of the camera and meeting her made me think that this project is not such a bad idea after all. For that, Tania deserves a second picture to be posted here.

Real Madrid. Tania. St. Catherine/Saint Marc, Montreal 2011