Rafa Nadal will receive the Grand Cross of the Order of May Two from the Community of Madrid, the president of the Madrid institution, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has confirmed this Saturday.
The award, proposed by the Madrid Governing Council, recognizes “people or institutions with exemplary behaviors that have stood out for their service to citizens in different areas”.
“The Community of Madrid will award the Grand Cross of the Order of Dos de Mayo to Rafael Nadal, for being one of the best athletes in history, for his humanity and for all that he contributes to us Spaniards. We started the procedures in Next Governing Council, “the Madrid president announced this Saturday on social media, after visiting the municipalities of Guadalix de la Sierra and Patones de Abajo.
Thus, a report will be submitted to the Governing Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, November 18, to approve the decision. In this case, the Grand Cross is granted by the Council of the Order, chaired by Díaz Ayuso and made up of the entire Governing Council.
For the president, Nadal is “one of the best athletes in history, if not the best we have ever had.” “His career is full of values and effort that we now need so much to remember all the people of Madrid and the rest of the Spanish who are living such a difficult situation,” he said.
It is done, therefore, as a “sign of gratitude and appreciation” for his person, said Díaz Ayuso, who hopes to receive him at the Royal Post Office in a “short time” to be able to impose this “highly deserved award.” “It is a reason for satisfaction, pride and joy”, reiterated the president of the Community of Madrid.
Nadal (Manacor, 1986) achieved, after lifting his thirteenth Roland Garros title in October, 20 ‘Grand Slam’ titles, which places him as the tennis player with the most ‘greats’ in history tied with the Swiss Roger Federer.
In addition, he has won 35 Masters 1,000 titles, 5 Davis Cups with Spain and 2 gold medals in the Olympic Games (one in individual, in Beijing 2008, and another in doubles, in Rio de Janeiro 2016). He has also spent 207 weeks ranking number one in the world in the ATP rankings.
In 2008 he received the I International Award of the Community of Madrid for his relevance in sport and his merits, a year in which he won the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.
The Order of the Second of May has three degrees: Grand Cross, Commendation of Number and Cross, according to pre-eminence. It only has honorary effects and does not imply any financial benefit. It can be granted to natural and legal persons, and institutions, national and foreign, for acts or services relevant to citizens and in general for their contribution to political, economic, cultural, or social progress.
Different personalities from the world of sports have received this recognition. This is the case of Francisco Fernández Ochoa, who obtained it posthumously; the motorcycling world champion Ángel Nieto, the tennis player Manuel Santana, the cyclist Alberto Contador, the skater Javier Fernández, the basketball player Felipe Reyes or the soccer coach Vicente del Bosque, among others.