Genny would like to share an article that appeared on elmundo.es today – an excerpt from a new book (“The 11 Powers of a Leader” by Jorge Valdano). Here’s her translation:hi
NADAL No. 1 | Portrait of a winner
by Jorge Valdano (as translated by genny_ss)
It is difficult to choose among so many examples in a long list of Spanish athletes who are succeeding nowadays. But no one can wonder, because his personal and sporting behavior is consistent with the contents of this book, that I consider Rafa Nadal its finest. I’ve seen him in the first place of the world ranking and also in the second, in the third and even in the sixth, but I have no doubt that in every match he reaches the highest peak. His own peak. Because he gives everything and if he does not have enough, he loses with honor. Because being successful means, above all, not to have anything to reproach.
When things go well, I really enjoy his always worked wins, and when things go badly, I accompany him as a soldier, because I still feel my pride well represented. There were dawns when I accompanied him until the very last minute in matches played on the other side of the world and in which it could be anticipated, long before, that he would lose. I did not care. My way to honor him is to stay with him, late at night, alone and silent in my living room, waiting for the end to lose together. Because Nadal is a monument to the sporting dignity. I so recognize it. I think the material Nadal is made of is the material from which great sporting examples are made.
But if you want a song of success, if you need a character to represent it in the most dignified way, the sport has good examples. Of all, I chose Rafa Nadal as a symbol because his will defies all boundaries, because he knows how to win and lose, because he always does and says what he has to. Because success is only meaningful if it is subjected to an ethic of life and he shows it on a permanent basis.