This year the "Sports Award" has being handed to Spanish Football players IKER CASILLAS & XAVI HERNANDEZ for their contribution to Sport, Spanish Football History & for being exemplary models for the youth. These two players have been pivotal in the success of the Spanish National Football Team in winning back to back European Titles & the first ever FIFA World Cup Title. Apart from this they symbolize an off the field "friendship" & Sportsmanship that sets an example to all even though both represent & defend different Club colours locally in which the rivalry has been so fierce the last couple of years that it has bordered on violence
|Celebrating Euro 2012 title|
Casillas & Xavi maintain a personal & professional relationship since their youth years representing Spain in all levels that has endured & has been maintain against all external "influences" up till now. The Award prizes their social labours & work .
The "Premios Principe de Asturias" selection committee gave both as "joint-winners" over the other also worthy candidate the "International Paralympic Commitee".
Congratulations to both, as they win more than just a personal prize, they also accept the Award in the name of Spanish Football & perhaps a never to be repeated generation of Spanish Football players.