Even in a year when Team Espana wins the World Cup, Rafael Nadal is still dominating (gently, sweetly) the hearts and minds of the Spanish public. ElMundo via Google Translate:
‘Magazine’ readers and ELMUNDO.es users have expressed their likes and dislikes in the Magazine’s Summer Survey. This year’s national athletes monopolize the ranking of the country’s most beloved characters, ousting members of the royal household, who in 2002 were the real kings of our summer test.
With 69.9% of the votes, Rafa Nadal is the undisputed leader. Another big award after winning Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Iker Casillas took the second position in the ‘top ten’ which also included World Cup winners Andres Iniesta, David Villa and coach Vicente del Bosque in fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Third ranked is Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol who added a second NBA rings.
My friend Natalie, an American fan of Rafa’s, pointed out a few recent World Cup photos that were posted on Rafa’s Facebook page. Quick, how many of Spain’s favorite people are in this one?
Rafa was beloved both by the paparazzi and a bevy of bikinied beauties during his summer vacation (via Blick):
Number 1 and Number 3 together:
(This last one’s for Natalie!)