Pedro honored in Las Canarias, and the Cup goes to Galicia
Like Xabi Alonso before him, Pedro is also taking advantage of the winter break to spend a few days at home and collect some honors. Yesterday, he received the gold medal of the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from the hands of regional president Paulino Rivero, who praised his “humility, sacrifice, effort and perseverance.” Pedrito said he felt “honored to be a tinerfeño and dedicated the accolade to his family and other people who have helped him.
Rivero said that David Silva would receive the same honor, as soon as he has time to return to the Canary Islands. Silva couldn’t attend yesterday as he’s on club duty with Manchester City.
The gold medal is the highest honor the Canary Islands hands out, and it’s for people for who excelled in their jobs.
Photos from Rivero’s flickr account here!
Meanwhile, the World Cup headed to the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela (one of my favorites), accompanied by Ángel Villar and Vicente del Bosque (it’s being held there by the archbishop).
The cup was offered to the apostle James as a thank you for “helping” Spain to achieve the title. In February of this year, representatives from the federation traveled to the capital of Galicia to ask the apostle for assistance in overcoming the obstacles in the way of Spanish football, and for success in the World Cup.
Since Spain ended up winning the World Cup, yesterday the trophy was presented to the apostle inside the cathedral, and then later on, there was an act with the president of the Xunta (the government of Galicia), who jokingly proposed making VDB the “coach of Spain” by choosing a team of the best politicians to work together to bring the same success to Spanish society and to help overcome the crisis.
VDB was also present at the annual gala of the Bizkaia’s sports press association, where he received the Bizkaia award (Bizkaia is a province of País Vasco, and its capital is Bilbao), which is handed out to people related to sports who aren’t from the province. During remarks with the journalists, he said that he was “very happy” with the presence of Fernando Llorente and Javi Martínez on the national team, and that he would like to see the Spanish national team return to the province by playing a game at San Mamés.