It might be one of the ugliest trophies in the whole world, but the Prince of Asturias award is also among the most prestigious in all of Spain and is now property of Spain’s national team for their outstanding performance in this summer’s the World Cup. The Prince of Asturias Foundation, whose honorary president is Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe, are a series of annual prizes that is awarded to “individuals, entities and/or organizations from around the world who make notable achievements in sciences, humanities, or public affairs” according to the description of the award on wikipedia.org.
The award is always presented in Oviedo where the foundations capital is located. Vicente Del Bosque accepted the large, weird looking paperweight on behalf of La Furia Roja and the coach admitted that the award was only granted to the World Cup winning football club because of their “effort, sacrifice, talent, discipline, solidarity and modesty.”
10 of the 23 man squad were able to attend the great honor including Golden Glove keeper Iker Casillas of Real Madrid. No word yet on if the players have used the trophy to crack open a bottle of beer yet or punch a whole in a tuna can. but it appears the horns on top of the prize could be used effectively for something of that sort.
I imagine this high honor of the The Prince of Asturias award is similar to here in the United States when Super Bowl winning teams visit the White House and the fact that Spain’s Prince Felipe hands out the award, I’d say that it is truly a great honor to be awarded the trophy.
But one piece of advice I have for Felipe is change the design. That thing looks ridiculous.