DAVID JONES traces the humble roots of Pep Guardiola ahead of the Champions League final
Reprising what she called her 'Turkish summer memories', a glamorous 'influencer' this week posted alluring snaps of herself soaking up the sun in the Aegean resort of Izmir and sipping iced cocktails by the pool.
Pictures that have been rapturously received by her adoring Instagram followers, who numbered 587,000 this week, and are rising by the hour. Meanwhile, in a sleepy Spanish town an hour north of Barcelona, a stoical old woman was defying her arthritic knees to scrub the doorstep of the stone-built house that has been her working-class family's home for most of her 86 years.
I came across these contrasting images while charting the rise to the brink of football immortality of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola. In many ways, they encapsulate the essence of his unlikely journey and tell us how far he has travelled from his humble roots.
The beautiful young woman posing in a crop top is his daughter, Maria, 22, a model and budding fashionista who has interned for Victoria Beckham and Helmut Lang, doubtless aided by her connections (her mother, Cristina, owns two high-end boutiques).