Rafael Nadal Wins Marca’s “Legend Award”, Named Greatest Spanish Athlete Of All-Time [Video]
by Tom Gainey | November 26th, 2013, 9:53 pm

Upon returning to Spain following a 2-week exhibition circuit, Rafael Nadal was honored by media outlet Marca with their “Legend Award” in Madrid Tuesday night.

Selected by readers, the award crowns Nadal as the greatest Spanish athlete of all-time.

“I would like to thank everyone behind me and all those who aren’t here tonight because as well as tennis, I’m mad about sport in general,” Nadal said. “I have had some unforgettable afternoons thanks to all those who have taken Spain to the highest level in sport. Thank you so much because that excitement is what makes sport feel different.”

With over 25% of the vote, Nadal beat cyclist Miguel Indurain and friend and NBA’er Pau Gasol.

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18 Comments for Rafael Nadal Wins Marca’s “Legend Award”, Named Greatest Spanish Athlete Of All-Time [Video]

Humble Rafa Says:

Named Greatest Spanish Athlete Of All-Time

Eat that with Swiss Cheese.

The Great Davy Says:

Great news for Your Great Davy, now known being owner of Greatest Spanish of all time.

Giles Says:

Vamos Champ! Legend indeed!

Steve 27 Says:

And he is not finished yet. He has 2 or 3 years at a high level.

Anna Says:

I’m glad Rafa’s getting the recognition he deserves so young. Why wait till an honoree is 100 before recognizing them. Greatest Spanish Athlete ever is some honor.

rafaeli Says:

Rafa is the best, hands down!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Greatest Spanish Athlete of all time is some acolade,so he must be doing something right,such an amazing talent and sporting icon,congratulations Rafa.

Okiegal Says:

Congratulations, Rafa, well deserved. Will go down in the records as being one of the best tennis players ever!!

VAMOS RAFA, wishing you a great 2014!! You are loved by many fans. Keep entertaining us.

Slice Tennis Says:

Vamos Rafa…the GOAT.

James Says:

Lucky Nadal.

Karthick Says:

Vamos Rafa!!!

skeezer Says:

“Slice Tennis Says:
Vamos Rafa…the GOAT.”
ROFL! LMAO! The knowledge of ST is unreal. Congrats on being such an avid unknowledgable in Tennis.

But congrats Senor Rafa. You have now become more popular than the greatest Bull Fighter of all time, Juan Belmonte!( btw, did he have an uncle? )

Perfect fan Says:

Congrats rafa….indeed a great achievement!

hawkeye Says:

Congrats Rafa!

Greatest player ever both on and off the court!


Okiegal Says:

Oh, yes, Skeezer, every species on the planet has an Uncle…….tee hee!!

gonzalowski Says:

Congrats Rafa!
btw, Marca, a sport newspaper, is the most readed dayly newspaper in Spain of all kind (news, economics….).

metan Says:

Congrats RAFA. You deserved it!

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