Rafael Nadal wins Mundo Deportivo’s 2017 Best Athlete of the Year Award

Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were the big winners in the 70th Grand Gala of El Mundo Deportivo. Rafa was named the best male athlete of 2017 and Garbi was named the best female athlete of 2017.


I am very happy and grateful to Mundo Deportivo for having thought of me for the prize. The truth is that this place is special and very beautiful and ideal to celebrate a night of sports. I’ve been winning and not winning, but someone has to win.

Rafa won the honour for the fourth time in his career (2007, 2008, 2013) to commemorate a remarkable 2017 for the Spaniard.

Rafa on his injury:

It’s a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that’s what we’re doing.

For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I’ll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco.

Source: Mundo Deportivo


  1. well done you two,you will need a bigger place to have your cups if you carry on winning,but there will be many more l think vamos rafa.

  2. Congratulations to you both Rafa, and all the best for a speedy recovery,

    Love and prayers,


  3. Congratulations and best wishes for a complete recovery. We want to see you on the court, competing.🤗💪👍👏😍🏆

  4. The Beautiful People . Congratulations to both . Rafa is Spain’s most successful sports person ever and also the most loved .😍

  5. Congratulations, Rafa and Garbine. You both look so beautiful. Enjoy your well-deserved awards for 2017. Looking forward to seeing you both compete in your next tournament.

  6. Well done to you both, so thoroughly deserved. Rafa hope to see you back on the courts soon😀

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