After his latest Grand Slam win at the US Open, Rafael Nadal was given the silent treatment by most Barcelona-based newspapers who chose not to appraise the Spaniard, despite his most recent incredible victory.
Most Spanish publishers led with his dramatic win over Daniil Medvedev, with AS splashing the front page with his win alongside a timeline of his memorable 19 championships, accompanied with the title 'Apoteosico!' - translating to ‘Tremendous!’
Really, the title couldn’t have been a more fitting way to describe the manner of his latest win.
Nadal took the first two sets in comfortable fashion, 7-5 and 6-3, before the Russian sparked a comeback and made it two games a piece, winning 5-7 and 4-6 in the following sets.
When many were starting to think that the 33-year-old had burned out, he turned his classic style back on to beat the youngster 6-4 in the final set and win the Open at Flushing Meadows.
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Contrast to Marca, who also praised Nadal - headlining him the 'Don Rafael Nadal' - Sport and Mundo Deportivo, of Barcelona, opted to leave him off the front page entirely - with the latter choosing to focus on basketball instead.
Nadal, born in Mallorca, has been a proud and recognised long-time fan of Real Madrid and was backed by president Florentino Perez to become club chief in the future.
Nadal later admitted that he would be keen on the role after retirement, saying: “I would like to preside over Real Madrid.
“The club has a great president and it's not something you can think about today.
Below you can see the two covers from non-Barcelona based Spanish newspapers.
Below you can see the front covers of the Barcelona-based newspapers.
“We are doing well the way we are, and I don't think Real Madrid needs me, but you never know what can happen in the future.”
To qualify for presidency, you have to have been an honorary member of the club for 20 years. Nadal is currently on eight, meaning he will be eligible for the role in 2031.
It would take a very respectable and likeable Spaniard to sufficiently takeover the legacy left by Perez, but they don’t get much more likeable than the four-time US Open winner.
Ironically, Nadal’s uncle Miguel Nadal played 208 league games for Barcelona between 1991 and 1997, which is perhaps why the local Catalan outlets don’t look so favourably on the tennis superstar.News Now - Sport News