Rafael Nadal hailed by Spanish papers as he edges towards Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record… but NEITHER Barcelona-based outlet mentions the Real Madrid fan on their front page
- Rafael Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev in five-set thriller to win fourth US Open title
- The 33-year-old has 19 Grand Slam titles and is just one behind Roger Federer
- Spanish papers AS and Marca celebrated Nadal’s triumph on their front pages
- However, Barcelona-based Sport and Mundo Deportivo ignored his achievement
- Nadal is a very prominent Real Madrid fan and honorary member of the club
Rafael Nadal’s dramatic, five-set US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev was given front-page billing by prominent Spanish newspapers AS and Marca – but his triumph was roundly ignored by Barcelona-based outlets Sport and Mundo Deportivo.
Nadal, a fervent supporter and honorary member of Real Madrid, eventually earned a stunning 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 win over the young Russian at Flushing Meadows.
While AS splashed with a photo of the 33-year-old after victory with the headline ‘Apoteosico!’ or ‘tremendous’ and a timeline of his 19 titles to date, Marca proclaimed him ‘Don Rafael Nadal’.
Real Madrid fan Rafael Nadal won the US Open title with five-set victory over Daniil Medvedev
In contrast, Sport and Mundo Deportivo 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 longtime fan of Real Madrid and was backed by President Florentino Perez to become club chief in the future.
Nadal admitted he would be keen on the role after retirement: ‘I would like to preside over Real Madrid.
‘The club has a great president and it’s not something you can think about today.
‘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.’
having been made an honorary member in 2011, Nadal would qualify for the residency in 2031 after completing the 20-year requirement.
Nadal’s allegiance to the Spanish giants comes despite his uncle Miguel Nadal playing 208 league games for Barcelona between 1991 and 1997.