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Rafael Nadal with
Grand Cross of the Order of Sports Merit
, the highest decoration, after his victory in the last edition of
, the 13th of his career and the one that has allowed him to equal
as the player with the most
in history (20).
The executive spokeswoman,
María Jesús Montero
, also Minister of Finance, announced this distinction at a press conference: "The Council of Ministers has awarded the Royal Order of Sports Merit to Rafa Nadal. There is little to mention about this athlete's curriculum,
out of series also off the slopes
. At just 34 years old, he has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, has been a gold medal at the Olympic Games, a five-time Davis Cup winner and a thirteen-time Roland Garros winner, "he said. Huntsman.
As the spokesperson explains, the Government has selected the Balearic tennis player "
not only for the undoubted merits of one of the best sportsmen in history
, not only in Spain", but also for what Nadal represents beyond sports: "We are honored To transfer this distinction to him, it is a pleasure to do it in a
person who brings together values
, a youth reference and
everything that allows us to be better
. A well-deserved recognition for one of our national pride as Rafael Nadal, "he concluded.
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