Rafa Nadal it will be, from now on, His Excellency Rafael Nadal Parera, treatment that the protocol requires for all the winners of the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sports Merit.

The Council of Ministers has decided to grant the Manacor tennis player the highest possible decoration that is given by the Government to an athlete.

“I have left for the end an announcement that made this Council of Ministers and myself as spokesperson especially excited, which is precisely that today it has granted the Grand Cross of the Order of Sports Merit to our player Rafael Nadal. I think there is little to mention about the curriculum of this athlete, of this unusual person on the slopes and also off the slopes, “the minister explained. Maria Jesus Montero.

“We are honored to convey this distinction to him, not only for the undoubted sporting merits of one of the best athletes in history, not only in Spain but internationally, but it is also a pleasure to do it in a person who meets the values, youth referents and everything that allows us to become better, “concluded the government spokeswoman.

Nadal thus joins other great figures of Spanish sport such as the canoeist David Cal, the cyclist Joan Llaneras or the footballers Xavi Hernández, Iker Casillas and Andrés Iniesta among others.