As a professional footballer, there’s nothing more crushing than losing a cup final.
And if you play for Barcelona, defeat at the hands of your bitterest rivals Real Madrid only heightens the disappointment.
Luckily, for one player, there was a fine consolation prize waiting in the stands at Madrid.
Gerard Pique, 24 , was the lucky man in question, and his commiseration came at the hands of his stunning girlfriend Shakira, 34, who also just happens to be a pop superstar.
Pique was dejected after Barcelona were narrowly beaten to the Copa Del Rey, the King’s Cup, in last night’s game, which was played in Valencia.
It was a tight match, with Christian Ronaldo’s extra-time goal being enough to separate the two rivals.
Downcast faces peered over the famous burgundy and blue strip as the result started to sink in, but lucky Pique headed to the stands.
There he climbed through fans and headed straight towards the pop sensation, who looked devastated for her boyfriend.
Hundreds watched, obviously warmed by the sight, as he ran towards the beauty.
They shared a look of understanding and sympathy, before Shakira stretched her arms towards her toy-boy.
She the clasped him to her, holding his neck as she stroked his face.
They didn’t care who was watching, but the crowd looked on fondly.
Columbian singer Shakira only revealed she was dating the soccer ace last month, but they have proved how close they are on a number of occasions since then.
She confirmed her relationship with Pique last month when she posted a picture of the two of them on her Twitter account with the caption, ‘I present to you my sunshine’.