Rafa Nadal a nd Iker Casillas, the protagonists of some of Spai n's greatest sporti 15 years, were amo ng successes of the past ng the star guests at the XIV edition of the AS Awards Gala at Madrid's Royal Theatre this eve ni. Duri ng ng a n extremely difficult year, marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, Nadal equalled Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams while Casillas decided to ha, bri ng up his gloves aged 39 ngi i ng to a n e nd a brillia nt career which saw him lift the World Cup with Spai n i n 2010 n betwee n the natioEuro triumphs i nal team's n 2008 a nd 2010 - o n top of the three Champions League a nd five league titles wo n at club level with Real Madrid. Full screen Iker Casillas y Rafa Nadal, con el Premio. DIARIO AS Nadal, Casillas, Pau Gasol
In 2010, the tennis star and goalkeeper both received awards at the annual
AS Gala. That year, Nadal won three major tournaments (Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open) while Casillas denied Robben with his unforgettable save in the World Cup final in Johannesburg. A decade has passed since then, and during that time, both have continued to enjoy great happiness in their chosen fields. Our gratitude to them will never be enough.
AS Awards was differe nt to all others because of restrictio ns relati ng to the (face masks, social distanci Covid-19 pandemic ng a a nd n atest for all of those atte ntibody ndi). Several of the year's major sporti ng ng eve such as the nts Euros a nd the Tokyo Olympics were postpo ned because of the coro. navirus crisis AS Director Vicente Jiménez summed up what it mea ns to be at the e: “Duri nd of o ne of the most testi ng years i n livi ng memory ng these dark times, of u ncertai nty, anguish a nd fear, the mere fact that we are able to be here, together, u nder the strictest health measures, but together nevertheless, is also a great success”. Full screen Mati Martínez e Iker Martínez, Premios Solidarios. DIARIO AS Solidarity i n sport Nadal , who was prese nted with the award for the best Spanish sportsperso n of all-time during AS' 50th a n niversary in 2017, picked up yet a n other award specially desig n ed by Xavier Mariscal which this year, the focus was very much on solidarity as well as sporting achievement. Apart from award winners Nadal and Casillas , others who were presented awards at tonight's gala i Madrid included: six-time Europa League winners Sevilla FC (the award was accepted in Seville by president José Castro , Jesús Navas and Monchi ), Javier Guill é n , Iker Fernández , Mati Martínez , Saul Craviotto and there was also a posthumous award for the late Michael Robinson , the former footballer and television presenter who passed away in April - his award was picked up on behalf of his family by Alfredo Relaño.