Rafael Nadal Earns Honorary Gold Medal from Hometown Soccer Team

LanaContributor IFebruary 24, 2009

Rafael Nadal, along with his uncle and tennis coach, Toni Nadal, were honored with a gold medal from their national soccer team on Monday.

The two were recognized during halftime of the Spanish league match between Mallorca and Racing de Santander in their hometown of Mallorca as celebration for their incredible success in tennis. Matéu Alemany, one of the league’s directors, awarded Rafael Nadal with the medal as a symbol for his incredible record of success at such a young age.

Alemany said the reason for the award was because of “The amazing journey they’ve had together in their professional careers, which has taken them to the top of the world rankings and has made Rafa the best Spanish sportsman in history.”

(via Rafael Nadal website)