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Gavi, the footballer of the Spanish team who has fascinated Princess Leonor

Princess Leonor of Spain and Gavi

In Spain there is talk of a possible relationship between the princess eleanor17 years old, and Pablo Martín Páez Gavira, 18 years old and known as Gavi, one of the Barça footballers with the most projection and figure of the Spanish team in Qatar. The hypothetical romance between the eldest daughter of the King of Spain, Philip VIand midfielder for the Catalan team, has been causing a stir in recent days, as a result of the gift that the Sevillian player gave the monarch for his daughter.

When King of Spain, Felipe VI entered the locker room to congratulate the team on his win against Costa Rica in the debut of Spain in the World Cup in Qatar. Gavi, who scored the fifth goal, presented the king with a shirt signed by him in a very small size, which sparked rumors that it was intended for Princess Eleanor.

That moment between the king and the player was recorded in photos and in a video that went viral on social media.

The King of Spain, Felipe VI, asking for the Gavi shirt for his daughter, Princess Leonor

A channel program Telecinco echoed the presumed devotion of the princess of Asturias for Gavi, coming to say that there could be “royal romance”.

The size of the Spanish team’s jersey could also be for the Infanta Sofía. The two daughters of the king and Letizia Ortiz, queen consort of Spain, have shown their support for the Spanish teams in different disciplines.

The princess and the queen attended together and alone the Eurocup match that the women’s team played in London on July 16. In addition, they visited the players when the match ended.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation presented the princess with two shirts from the Spanish team with the name of each one of them.

Gavi shone with Spain against Costa Rica and reached incredible statistics (Reuters)
Gavi shone with Spain against Costa Rica and reached incredible statistics (Reuters)

Gavi’s goal in his team’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica last Wednesday made it the youngest goalscorer in a World Cup since the great Pelé of Brazil in 1958. The Brazilian was 17 years old in Sweden when he led Brazil to its first World Cup title scoring six goals.

Gavi also clinched the match MVP award after becoming the youngest Spaniard to score at a World Cup, breaking the record for Cesc Fabregaswho was 19 when he scored against Ukraine in 2006.

“I’m happy for the achievements, but what really matters to me is that we won and played a great game, let’s move on,” Gavi said at a press conference.

Barcelona’s Gavi became the youngest player to represent Spain in November 2021, two months after his 17th birthday. A few months later, he became the youngest Spanish player to score a goal for his country.

The King of Spain, Felipe VI, asking for Gavi's shirt
The King of Spain, Felipe VI, asking for Gavi’s shirt

Some 17 million people tuned in to the network’s coverage ZDF to watch Germany’s match against Spain in the World Cup on Sunday, while 16.6 million people watched the match in Spain.

German Niclas Füllkrug equalized after Spanish striker Álvaro Morata opened the scoring in Sunday’s match.

Spain tops the Group E standings with four points and only needs a draw in its last game against Japan to advance to the second phase.

Princess Leonor posing in the gardens of the Castle of San Donato, which will be her new home for the next two years (Royal House)
Princess Leonor posing in the gardens of the Castle of San Donato, which will be her new home for the next two years (Royal House)

The heiress to the throne of Spain began a new educational phase far from Madrid. On August 31 of last year, she traveled alone to GalesUK, where he will study the two years of high school at an exclusive school with colleagues from more than 90 countries.

In a series of photographs distributed by the Royal Household, the Princess of Asturias was seen with her parents in the airport boarding area.

Leonor embarked on her first academic experience, thus following in the footsteps of her father, Felipe VI, who did the year before university in Canada, as well as taking a master’s degree in the United States years later.

The king and queen saying goodbye to Princess Leonor at the Barajas airport (Casa Real)
The king and queen saying goodbye to Princess Leonor at the Barajas airport (Casa Real)

At UWC Atlantic College, located in the medieval St. Donat Castle in the Welsh Vale of Glamorgan, Eleanor studies the International Baccalaureate while continuing with “the progressive development of its institutional commitments in Spain”according to the Spanish Royal House.

The boarding school, with an enrollment amounting to $90,000 Together for both years, it counts as alumni numerous members of European royalty, such as the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, and Princess Elizabeth, heir to the Belgian throne. In fact, Leonor shares a classroom with Princess Alexia of the Netherlands, second in line to the Dutch throneas well as with less favored students, some refugees, who have obtained a place thanks to a scholarship.

The Spanish Royal House specified that, in the case of Leonor, the cost of tuition will be borne by the kings with their annual allowance. The selection process to study at the UWC Atlantic College of Wales is based on the “potential” of young people, regardless of their backgrounds or economic resources, with the aim of creating a “deliberately diverse” community that makes a “difference” to local and global level, according to the center’s website.

Princess Leonor is experiencing one of her best moments.  She is studying in Wales since last past (Europa Press)
Princess Leonor is experiencing one of her best moments. She is studying in Wales since last past (Europa Press)

The day to day at the institute consists of classes from 8:00 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., complemented by a minimum of two hours a week of community service, two hours of physical activity and two hours of creative activity, spread out in the afternoons, nights and weekends. .

Every Monday afternoon there is a meeting with the personal tutor and a joint assembly among the students, who must return to their rooms before 9:30 p.m., except on Fridays and Saturdays, when the permission is extended until 11:00 p.m.

The rooms, shared by four students of different nationalities, are separated by male and female corridors in eight residences, which are part of a campus with a dining room, a library, some 30 hectares of forest, and an outdoor and indoor swimming pool.

Leonor takes subjects from various disciplines, from language and literature to mathematics, science and social affairs.

The institute is part of the United World Colleges (UWC) movement, made up of 18 schools on four continents, and claims to be one of the creators of the so-called International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP). .

In the 20th century, the castle where the boarding school is located -26 kilometers from Cardiff, the capital of Wales-, was in the hands of the American press magnate William Randolph Hearst, who came to have personalities such as the filmmaker Charles Chaplin, President John F. Kennedy or the playwright George Bernard Shaw.

UWC Atlantic College was founded in 1962 by the German Kurt Hahn, one of the founders of Gordonstoun College (Scotland) -where Prince Charles studied-, with the ambition of creating an educational center that, in the midst of the Cold War, would work in defense of peace

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