LaLiga star Tiago Mendes visits Manila

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LaLiga star Tiago Mendes visits Manila
Atletico de Madrid's Tiago Mendez signs a jersey.

The sport of football continues to thrive in the country and LaLiga, Spain’s professional football league devoted to promoting football locally and internationally not only as a sport but also as an avenue to create a positive impact on individuals and communities, continues to have events here in the Philippines.

Last weekend, in line with the blockbuster clash between two of the world’s best football teams, Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid, LaLiga and M88 Mansion recently brought football star Tiago Mendes to Manila for the El Derbi de Madrid watch party celebrated at Mansion Sports Bar & Lounge.

“Thank you for this moment, the real warm welcome that you gave me tonight. It’s a pleasure to be here,” said Tiago.

Tiago Mendes joined Atletico de Madrid in 2010 and has been an important part of the most successful stages in the recent history of the team until he retired in 2017 while he served as the team’s assistant manager until 2018.

Tiago played a pivotal role as a midfielder in the team that ultimately led to Atlético de Madrid's first derby win in 14 years, as well as the LaLiga Santander title in 2014, among other memorable moments.

The Madrid Derby is a special football fixture in the history of LaLiga highlighting the clash between two of the most lauded clubs across the globe. 

During the night, there were exciting trivia games and raffles, for all the fans and invited guests, including the official Real Madrid supporters club (Peña Madridista de Filipinas), representatives from the Spanish Embassy and local stars from the sports scene like former Azkals James Younghusband and Stephan Schrock, and PBA player Franky Johnson. A few lucky fans also got to take home limited edition of LaLiga balls and jerseys and M88 Mansion and beIN Sports prizes. 

Tiago shared his personal thoughts about his former team's closest opponent.

“Real Madrid wins all the time and that’s what makes them special. They have a lot of good players all season and when you have great players who are close to winning, it’s always difficult to play against them. It is an honor to compete with them,” Tiago stated.

The match last Saturday ended in a 1-1 draw.

Tiago expressed his hopes that football becomes one of the biggest sports in the Philippines as he gave advice to young Filipino football enthusiasts to never give up.

“We believe that the appreciation and interest for football is increasing among Filipinos. It’s a great sport that brings people together that’s why we will continue to bring exciting events for the Filipino fans,” mentioned LaLiga Delegate to the Philippines Almudena Gomez. “LaLiga is more than just football. We go beyond what the sport has to offer to give back to the community.” 

Recently, LaLiga also held the Heroes Off The Pitch Gala Dinner which conferred awards to Filipino athletes and organizations for their invaluable contribution to the growth of football and sports in the Philippines.

Fans of LaLiga Santander in the Philippines can catch all the games on beIN Sports channels (Skycable and Cignal TV), beIN connect and the Setanta Sports platform.

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