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SportsMax La Liga Experience winner living a dream

Published:Saturday | February 11, 2017 | 2:00 AMRyon Jones
SportsMax La Liga Experience winner Calvin Palache and his partner, Tishana Sharpe, are all smiles as they touch down in Spain ahead of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see Real Madrid play Osasuna in league action.

PAMPLONA, Spain:

SportsMax's La Liga Experience winner, Calvin Palache, and his partner have already started receiving the VIP treatment with surprises, fine dining, interviews and photo shoots.

But that was just the beginning for the couple, as they will have two of the best seats inside the El Sadar Stadium to witness Palache's favourite team Real Madrid take on Osasuna today. Prior to the game, the couple will get a tour of Pamplona and the stadium and also be granted locker room and tunnel access.

"I am looking forward to being pitch side and getting to go into the tunnel and the locker room to get a chance to interact with the superstars such as CR7 (Ronaldo), Sergio Ramos and Marcelo," Palache, who once played for Jamaica's Red Stripe Premier League club Humble Lion, said.

"I want to see Cristiano Ronaldo up close, take a picture and Facebook it immediately. I am going to take a lot of pictures, and don't be surprised when I shout 'King Ronaldo! King Ronaldo!'"

 

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

 

When first informed by SportsMax that he was the winner of the competition, Palache thought it too good to be true and enquired if it was a scam. But after travelling out of Jamaica for the first time and touching down in Spain, he has finally come to terms with the fact that this is really happening.

"This is just a dream come true, because this is my first time travelling and I actually ended up taking three planes and got to experience so much," the 28-year-old said.

The competition, which is into its second year, has seen SportsMax team up with the world's most star-studded football league, La Liga, to offer football fans across the Caribbean the chance to win a trip for two to see the likes of four-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo and Real Madrid.

Palache's partner of four years, Tishana Sharpe, is just happy that he has been given this chance and is thrilled she is able to experience it with him.

"I am super excited and I am happy for him," Sharpe said. "He lives for football and went crazy when he found out he won, so I just hope he gets to meet all his favourite players."

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com