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he’s not a very nice grandson, is he?

June 9, 2011
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Álvaro Arbeloa recently enlisted the help of radio program “¡Anda Ya!” to play a joke on his 83-year-old grandmother Soledad.  He got one of the presenters of the show, San Bernardino, to pretend to be someone from the telephone company calling Soledad to say she has to pay a bill of €4,000.  The results are hilarious!  Soledad is a real character!!!  I’ll try and explain it, but to really get why it’s so funny, you have to know a bit of Spanish.

One of the funniest things was that Soledad kept calling San Bernardino (who is a man) “señora” because she said he sounded like a woman.  She kept doing this even after he told her he was a man.  She also referred to the amount as “4,000 pesetas” (many of the older generations continue to calculate things in pesetas, converting euros to pesetas) and called Liverpool “Liverpúlll.”  San Bernardino tried to provoke her during the call, saying things such as Arbeloa is a horrible player, he’s not loyal to a team, I’m a fan of Barcelona, etc, prompting her to respond indignantly – and multiple times – that to her, Arbeloa is the best player and also “el más guapo” (the handsomest) or “guapísimo” (very handsome).  She kept speaking along these lines, saying things like, how can you say he’s ugly, do you know Arbeloa?  Soledad also flat out refused to pay the bill.  This went on for five minutes.

Then Álvaro came on the line (he had been listening to the earlier part), trying to convince his grandmother to pay the bill, saying it was the result of all the calls she made to him after he played games abroad, such as in Lithuania or London.  She started telling “Alvarito,” in order to spite San Bernardino, things such as “you’re a magnificent player, and you’re also very handsome as well!”  She also accused San Bernardino of lying and said she was going to file a complaint against him.

In the end, when all was revealed, she scolded her grandson: “why do you play these jokes on me, Alvarito?  I don’t like jokes.”  Álvaro’s response?  “So you can be famous and be heard on the radio, grandmother.”  Mission accomplished, because Soledad now has her own fanpage on Facebook, and she’s now known as “la abuela de Arbeloa” (Arbeloa’s grandmother).

Have a listen to the joke here.  It really is hilarious, and worth a listen, even if you don’t speak Spanish, just to hear Soledad yelling and being crotchety, the indignation in her voice, and the way she speaks to her grandson.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2011 16:11

    Alvaro seems like the ultimate prankster. So awesome.

  2. Maddi permalink
    June 9, 2011 16:46

    This is adorable!!!!

  3. manie permalink
    June 9, 2011 16:58

    LOL what a great prank. She is hilarious.

  4. Gilly B permalink
    June 9, 2011 17:17

    Bless her, she’s hilarious! Never mess with an old lady, her $s or her grand kids 🙂

    Alvaro just keeps rising in my estimation – funny dude

  5. Sr421 permalink
    June 9, 2011 17:29

    Lolz…that’s so great!!! She sounds like quite a character, hahahaha!!! Not very nice of Alvaro to play such a trick on his elderly grandma though…tsktsk

  6. Jess permalink
    June 9, 2011 18:24

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAAAA, omgggg Alvaro’s grandmother is a character! Listening to her….she also tells him that he will go to hell for all the lies he tells! I love her!

  7. debsen permalink
    June 9, 2011 20:03

    That was hilarious. Especially when she kept calling him senora.

  8. IsaBella permalink
    June 9, 2011 21:18

    it’s great! I love it! 😀

  9. Maarit permalink
    June 9, 2011 22:48

    She is amazing! Usually I am not a fan of this kind of prank calls, but this made me smile. Soledad can more than hold her own against the pranksters and does not sound mortally offended in the end, so you don’t have to feel too sorry for her. She is obviosly so proud and protective of her grandson, though he seems to get his fair share of her tough love.:) And how sweet is it that Álvaro calls her after (all) the international matches? This made me miss my own grandmother, who passed away some years ago.:´(

    I am a first time poster, thank you Una so much for your hard work!!

  10. June 10, 2011 01:37

    Go grandma! lol Arbelo…shame on you! :p

  11. nmdaviesnatalie permalink
    June 10, 2011 05:29

    Alvarito’s abuela is feisty! What a great prank.

  12. June 10, 2011 07:00

    god! i love to speak spanish. Alvaro’s grandma is the best, calling the dude women so many times, she is so funny and cute. Alvarito porque me gastas una broma.

  13. ebrahim permalink
    June 10, 2011 10:56

    Thanks una

  14. June 10, 2011 15:20

    Oh thank you soooo much Una! I laughed so much that tears tears fell down from my eyes. His grandmother is so amazing, such a wonderful character!

    ‘los del barca son unos frescos’ hahaha
    ‘ no pago, no pago’ – even when they say that they will put ‘alvarito’ in prison.
    The way she defends alvarito the guapisimo is hilarious! and she kept calling him señora, ‘Lo siento pero para mi usted es mujer’ hahaha

    I listened to it twice, now after writing this I feel like listening for a third time!

  15. Jessie permalink
    June 10, 2011 17:03

    that’s hilarious, my grandmother would have cursed me out,lol

  16. Annee permalink
    June 10, 2011 19:33

    It’s not hard to see where Alvaro gets his personality from. 🙂

    Alvaro has grown on me so much in the last season. He’s hysterical and adorable.

  17. Jennifer permalink
    June 10, 2011 19:57

    Oh my goodness. This is actually the most hilarious thing I have heard in a long, long time. His grandma is BRILLIANT. (And yes, what a naughty grandson! ¡Qué malo eres, Álvarito!)

  18. black widow permalink
    June 12, 2011 03:29

    i didn’t understand a word of it, but it doesn’t matter! HILARIOUS! man, that lady can hold her own, and then some! she rocks! i wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of a telling off from her, hahahahaha! and i adore how she defends arbeloa, and then tells him off when she finds out it’s a joke! so sweet/funny. (her voice reminds me of wolowitz’s mother in the big bang theory, hahahahaha!) that was awesome. after iker, arbeloa is my favourite. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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