A year ago, Levante earned a draw against Real Madrid, the best, wealthiest, handomest team in all of La Liga. It was a big moment for the Levante Granotes (that means frogs): Striker Rafa Jordá likened the 0-0 decision to "chewing the face off your girlfriend." (We'll blame shaky translation for that one.) Winning, however, would have been something else entirely—"like kissing Miss Spain," according to head coach Luis García.
Yesterday in Valencia, the frogs kissed Miss World. Levante upset a 10-man Real Madrid squad 1-0. It's a classic story (the underdogs triumph) made more interesting by Cristiano Ronaldo's speculation last week that he is booed by opposing fans because he is "handsome, rich and good at football." Levante proudly endorses the opposite reputation: A banner at the stadium Sunday reportedly read "ugly, poor and bad at football." The Guardian helpfully contextualized what the win meant for a team like Levante: