Reflecting on his first-ever visit to Madrid's Prado Museum back in the 19th century, Pablo Picasso recalled "That was the first time I came into contact with my idols", as he was wowed by Diego Velazquez's Las Meninas masterpiece, amongst others. However, the Malaga-born artist couldn't possibly have imagined that hundreds of years later, a group of seven journalists for and subscribers to Portugal's Sport TV and China's PP Sports, as well as an influencer from Chinese news and information content platform Toutiao, would experience similar emotions whilst visiting his hometown. This was, however, exactly how the lucky LaLiga Santander Experience guests felt as they sat back and admired the talents of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Chory Castro and Diego Rolan in the blockbuster bout between Malaga CF and FC Barcelona.
Despite this masterpiece of a weekend - which saw dreams come true and permanent smiles painted on the participants' faces - not featuring a certain Lionel Messi, the Sport TV and PP Sports subscribers will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime getaway, which served up countless tales to tell and a rich supply of unforgettable memories. Who would have thought that simply answering a few questions about LaLiga Santander on Facebook and submitting a romantic photo inspired by the best competition on the planet to mark Valentine's Day would culminate in a trip of a lifetime?
The crowning moment of the weekend came as the visitors took in the mouth-watering tussle between Malaga and Barcelona at La Rosaleda, whilst other highlights included a tour of the stadium and the city's major landmarks, as well as the chance to pose for photos with Los Azulgranas' January recruit, Philippe Coutinho.
There's now a break in the LaLiga Santander Experience roadshow until the weekend of 13-15 April. The programme resumes on Matchday 32, when Malaga will once again host proceedings, with Real Madrid's visit to the Costa del Sol certain to create plenty more lasting memories.© LaLiga - Year 2018