As the Spanish royals gathered in Mallorca for their annual summer photo shoot, one member of the family was noticeably absent: Pablo Urdangarin.
King Felipe’s nephew was 350 km away in Barcelona, embarking on an exciting new career move with his handball club.
After terminating his contract with FC Barcelona in April, Pablo has signed a two-season deal with Club BM Granollers.
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Pablo Urdangarin begins training with Fraikin BM Granollers
The 22-year-old player will wear the number 77 for the team located on the outskirts of Barcelona, which will allow him to continue his career close to home.
At the presentation to the press, Pablo was at ease among his new teammates in the team’s kit, excited to embark on this new adventure.
His relaxed confidence and his prominence in the official photos indicate that Pablo is settling into a future leadership role in the team.
A fun introductory game capped off his first day, where he enjoyed friendly camaraderie with his teammates.
The signing comes as Pablo has firmly established himself in Barcelona, close to his girlfriend Johanna Zott’s family, who have warmly welcomed him as one of their own.
Johanna often cheers Pablo on at matches, forging bonds with teammates and fans alike.
Although geographically dispersed, Pablo’s family continues to support him from afar in his dual sporting and emotional career in Spain.
While Pablo focuses on competing professionally, Johanna continues her medical studies in Barcelona, where she resides with her family.
Their compatible and stable lives in the same city have provided Pablo with a balance as he advances his career as a professional handball player.