Villarreal's freaky magic trick to unveil new signing
Villarreal's freaky magic trick to unveil new signing
Villarreal spectacularly unveil former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla
12 August, 2018, 18:35
Santi Cazorla has enchanted fans and players throughout his career, his sorcery casting a spell, so it was perhaps fitting that the 33-year-old midfielder received a magical welcome by his new club Villarreal.
But bringing in the Arsenal man was only half of the achievement for the Spanish club.
The Spaniard was revealed by a magician, appearing from thin air inside a glass tube.
The ceremony was simultaneously brilliant and massively ridiculous - which we assume is exactly the effect Villarreal were going for.
The magician filled a human-sized glass cylinder full of smoke and when the fog cleared there was Cazorla - to the delight of the Villarreal fans.
And Villarreal marked the return of the 33-year-old in odd fashion by using a magic trick to present him to thousands of the club's fans.
How the magician achieved the feat no one in the stadium could work out.
A year later he signed for Arsenal, where over the proceeding six years he won the FA Cup twice.
Villarreal kick off their La Liga campaign next Saturday with a home game against Real Sociedad, when Cazorla could make his first competitive appearance since October 2016.
"I'm grateful to Villarreal, not just for how they opened the doors to me when I was 18, but for their unconditional support through hard moments and for re-opening the doors to me [now]", Cazorla added.
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