“Best Athlete In History”: Spain Government Honors Rafael Nadal With ‘Grand Cross of the Order of Sports Merit’ Award


Rafael Nadal

The whole sports world has been showering praise on Rafael Nadal for his recent remarkable achievements at Roland Garros. On the other hand, Spain’s government has come forward to recognize its citizen with the highest award in sports, Grand Cross of the Order of Sports Merit. 

On Sunday evening, the 34-years-old Spaniard defeated Novak Djokovic in the straight sets and claimed his 13th title at the French Open. And while Nadal became the most Grand Slam winner as a male player in the history, he equaled Federer’s record of 20 titles. 

Also, Nadal is not just like the tennis star in his motherland; he is also giving his helping hand to people in need. Rafa was recently appointed honorary ambassador of the Food Bank of Mallorca, which collaborates with his academy to feed a thousand lives. 

However, the Spain Government spokesperson María Jesús Montero announced after the Council of Ministers on Tuesday.


She said, “We are honored to convey this distinction to him not only for the undoubted sporting merits of one of the best athletes in history at an international level. It is a pleasure to do it with a person who brings together values, youth references, everything that allows us to be better. The government makes this recognition very deserved for one of our national pride.”

Montero added. “It is an exceptional both on and off the slopes. It is an honor to pass on this distinction to him.”

Rafael Nadal Achievement For His Nation 

On many occasions, the Spanish flag has been hoisted in the big stages globally because of Nadal’s outstanding on-court performances. 

Moreover, He won the singles gold medal in the 2008 Beijing and doubles in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Rafa and his countrymen also brought Davis Cup in 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2019. 

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