time to start building a separate museum
The Spanish national football team received their umpteenth award today, when the Copa Barón de Güell was presented to La Roja during the presentation ceremony of the annual Premios Nacionales del Deporte (national sports awards) at the palace of El Pardo in Madrid. King Juan Carlos was tasked with handing the cup to Vicente del Bosque and Iker Casillas, who represented the team at the ceremony. Both of them received hugs from His Majesty, and shook the hands of the other members of the royal family present.
Iker looked fantastic!
Afterwards, Iker said that “it was a beautiful act, emotional, and any time that you have the opportunity to be with their majesties is special… it’s always a source of pride to receive distinctions. You have to be thankful for them.” He also revealed what he talked with the king about: “we spoke about the season, the national team and the clubs, and he wished us luck for what’s left of the season. We said we’d see each other again in the final of the Copa del Rey in Valencia.”
Watch out for Iker’s very cute smile at the end of this video. And he didn’t wear his usual award picking up gray suit!
The Copa Barón de Güell recognizes the best team of the year, and La Roja also won this award in 2008, the year they won the Eurocopa. In addition, Xavi Hernández had won the award for male athlete of the year last year. Other athletes who received honors in this year’s edition included Edurne Pasaban, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Márquez and Manolo Santana.