Mario Returns Home
Mario Returns Home


The Villarreal full-back received an emotional tribute in Novelda, his hometown 

Today was a very special day for Mario Gaspar. The Villarreal full-back was given a real heartfelt reception in a touching tribute paid to him by his hometown, Novelda. The day started at the Novelda Town Hall, where the whole squad gathered in the Alicante town and were received by the Novelda City Council and Mayor, Fran Martínez.     

Once inside the Town Hall, Mario signed in the Novelda book of honour and also received many gifts from his fellow townsfolk. Then to finish, the Submarine’s right back went out onto the balcony of the Town Hall, where he was met by a huge crowd waiting for him – who chanted his name and gave him a resounding standing ovation.

Upon his exit, Mario signed autographs and was photographed with waiting fans, who showed him great affection before the team headed to the Campo Municipal La Magdalena stadium to play a friendly match against Novelda CF.