Having helped his boyhood club to their first major trophy in 17 years by netting in a penalty shoot-out victory over Valencia in the Copa del Rey final, it is fair to say Real Betis captain Joaquin was in a celebratory mood.
Few neutrals would have denied the club, who have been relegated twice since their last Copa win in 2005, or Joaquin, a genuine Betis legend who has made the most appearances of any outfield player in LaLiga history (595), their moment of glory.
Unless, of course, they could have foreseen the way in which Joaquin chose to celebrate the triumph, in all his glory.
Having cemented his reputation as one of football’s greatest practical jokers by posing stark naked with the Copa he won with former club Valencia in 2008, the 40-year-old decided to grace Betis’ social media accounts with a recreation of that photo.
A Copa success might well be the most fitting end to Joaquin’s career. He seems intent on making the memory last in more ways than one.
Those of a nervous disposition will probably be hoping it is the last trophy of his career, anyway.
— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis_en) April 25, 2022
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