It’s all about one person today – Gareth Bale. The Welshman scored a sensational goal five minutes from time to secure the Copa del Rey for Real Madrid, and the papers are full of praise for the 24-year-old.
AS opts for the King of the Cup headline, while Marca also hails the former Tottenham Hotspur man. They both look in detail at the goal he scored, and how he managed to get past Marc Bartra having been knocked into touch by the defender on his way through to goal.
There are plenty of images of the celebrations that went on long into the night both in Valencia and in Madrid. The team flew back straight after the match to the Spanish capital to be with their fans and celebrate in Cibeles.
During the evening’s celebrations, many of the team were interviews, and the papers have the quotes of all of them. The underlying message the comes across is one of jubilation at winning the trophy but switching attention now onto other tournaments, with the league still very much alive and the Champions League all to play for.
Marca and AS both look at Barcelona’s situation too, and say it feels like the end of an era. The players were despondent at the end, and it feels like a period of change is underway at the Camp Nou, with question marks over Tata Martino. The likes of Carlos Puyol and Victor Valdes will be off in the summer, and the team is in need of new blood.