I’ve been busy posting about La Roja (almost) every day, and I thought it was about time that I posted something over here, no?
ONE. To begin, the Eurocopa is being very good to us, we have current Real Madrid players on three of the four teams in the semifinals, and if we also consider former players, then we have someone on all the teams! Plus, our boys have been scoring goals (Madrid is the top scoring club in the competition) and handing out assists as well, and winning man of the match awards!
TWO. A Marcelo pyramid. He’s been posting some great photos on Instagram. We have a current shot with his adorable, sans braces smile…
… several photos of Marcelino as a little and very adorable kid (the photo on the right is exactly how Marcelo looked when he first came to Madrid, he hasn’t changed at all!), including one with his beloved grandfather Pedro…
… and several with his mini me, Enzolino, who is “everything in my life” (and who looks just like him, except he has Clarisse’s eyes). And yes, I’d like an olive, Enzolino, please.
Marcelo is back in Brazil for vacation, and he took the time to visit the Fundación Realmadrid schools in Sao Paulo and Rio and play a bit of football with the 120 and 100 children, respectively, who study there. During his visit, he said, “for me, it’s impossible to forget where I came from and what were my first steps in this sport, what values were instilled in me as a child and what principles I needed to have to achieve my dreams. Now that I’ve achieved some of them, I feel proud to participate in this act because I’m sure some of these children will be in my place in the near future. There’s nothing more beautiful to live in the present than to remember the past.”
THREE. Someone else who’s going to be a great father: look at Pepe’s shirt! It reads, “princess, papá and mamá are waiting for you with lots of love. Pepe and Sofia.” And he took a cue from Cristiano, as there’s a smiley face in the P of Pepe!
FOUR. On the subject of adorable kids and great parents, Carol shared a few shots of her vacation in Florida with Kaká and the family.
FIVE. Madrid’s web site recently shared a sweet story about Cristiano Ronaldo and a Canarian boy named Nuhazet that was originally published here. Nuhazet, who lives in Las Palmas, has suffered from cancer since the age of two. He is now nine, and recently doctors told his parents Silvestre and Fabiola that his cancer had spread and that there was nothing else that could be done. Nati, Nuhazet’s cousin, then called the Pequeño Valiente association to see if they could help Nuhazet realize his dream, which was to meet Real Madrid’s players. The association was formed five years ago by the parents of children with cancer being treated at the Materno Infantil hospital in Las Palmas, to improve the quality of life of the families, and Fabiola was one of its first members.
The association began using its network to organize the trip. The patron of the association, Isabel Marichal (Miss Las Palmas 2006 and a former oncology nurse at the hospital) called AS journalist Manu Sainz. They were trying to get Nuhazet to Madrid on May 13 so that he could watch the last game of the season and meet the players. They traveled to Madrid that weekend, but weren’t sure that they would get to meet the players. Then Manu got in contact with Jorge Mendes. Once he heard Nuhazet’s story, he stepped in to take Nuhazet and his family around, sending a car for them, and brought them to meet Cristiano in the hotel the morning of the game. Nuhazet was so shocked when Cristiano walked in that he couldn’t say a word, and so Cris teased him about that. During that meeting, Cris promised the boy that he’d dedicate a goal to him, and that’s what happened. Nuhazet was on hand at the stadium to see “his” goal, as well as the celebration for the 32nd Liga title, from Cris’ palco, where they sat with Mendes and Irina Shayk. After the game, he met up with Cristiano once more, and also received his game shirt.
On the Monday after the game, Jorge Mendes called FP, to ask him about a hospital where Nuhazet could receive treatment. FP recommended the Sanchinarro hospital, and personally called a doctor there, who later received the family. They were then told to go to the Montepríncipe, which specializes in children, and went there on May 16. The hospital told them how much treatment would cost, and the next day, Cristiano and Mendes wired the money over and so Nuhazet was operated on. Various tumors were removed and he’s currently undergoing treatment, and waiting for drugs that will save his life. He’ll be able to return home in a few weeks. Fabiola also says that Jorge Mendes still calls her to ask how Nuhazet is doing. Meanwhile, they pass the days waiting for some chicken eggs that a volunteer brought to hatch. Nuhazet named the future chicks after all the people that accompanied him on this adventure, including Isabel Marichal, Manu Sainz, Jorge Mendes, Cristiano, FP, the Pequeño Valiente association… The first one to hatch was Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lovely gestures by Cris and Jorge Mendes!
SIX. In an interview with El País, Lech Walesa was asked who he admires. His response: “the Dalai Lama, the pope, Platini, Cristiano Ronaldo…”
SEVEN. In another interview with El País, Mesut Özil was asked “do you have a favorite expression in Spanish?” His response: “I speak a lot in the locker room, although in the beginning I spoke in English. My Spanish professor told me that ‘puta madre’ can mean two opposite things: something very good or something very bad. I’ve forgotten many words (since he joined his national team).” Mesut also says about Iker, “he’s a legend in Madrid and also a good friend who helps you in everything he can.” As for life in Madrid, he says, “I’m very young and living in Madrid is a complete experience. The people are very welcoming and the city has a lot to offer. Es de puta madre. This huge amount of affection can be a problem though, because I can’t go out and walk around on the streets. It’s crazy. And wherever the team goes, many people are waiting for us. I like the weather a lot: seven months of sun is spectacular. And seafood paella. Sometimes I asked for it to be delivered to my house.”
EIGHT. Our Castilla canteranos are on vacation and happily for us, they’re tweeting shots from the beach and the pool. Jorge has some impressive abs, while his friend looks like he’s sucking his belly in.