The jury for the Prince of Asturias Sports prize have given the award to two Spanish football stars – Iker Casillas and Xavi Hernandez.
Players from arch rivals in the league – Barcelona and Real Madrid – but colleagues in the Spanish national side.
The chair of the jury, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario said: “These players from Real Madrid and FC Barcelona symbolize the values of friendship and companionship beyond the maximum rivalry of their respective teams. Their sportsmanlike behaviour is a model for young people.”
Midfielder Hernandez has been a member of Barcelona Football Club since he was 11 years old – and has played almost 700 first team matches.
He has also proved himself invaluable in Spain’s national team that became the first two win three major consecutive tournaments on the trot – Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
Iker Casillas has also had a relationship with Real Madrid since he was a young boy rising to become team captain and one of the side’s most experienced players.
He also captains the national side and enjoyed a career highlight lifting the world cup in 2010.
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