Ex-footballer Michael Robinson presented with award in Madrid

Michael Robinson receiving his award at the British Embassy in Madrid.
Michael Robinson receiving his award at the British Embassy in Madrid. / TERESA PERDIGUERO
  • The former Liverpool player has become a notable figure in sports commentating since moving to Spain in the 1980s

The British Hispanic Foundation in Madrid, dedicated to promoting relations between Spanish and British society, has recently presented the Amigo de Honor award to Brit Michael Robinson.

Each year the foundation recognises people, of both Spanish and British nationality, who exemplify its values. Past recipients of the award have included King's College founder Sir Roger Fry and Ignacio Echeverría, the young Spaniard who died during the 2017 London terrorist attacks, who received the award posthumously. The ceremony for Robinson recently took place in Madrid during a reception at the residence of British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley.

Michael Robinson grew up in Leicester, England and went on to have a successful football career, most notably playing for Liverpool FC in the 1980s. He moved to Spain in 1987 to play for CA Osasuna and has since become a popular sports commentator and presenter.

"Michael Robinson is worthy of this recognition because he exemplifies in both his personal and professional life the values and ideals of our foundation, that is, integration, tolerance and respect towards others, maintaining his culture and his traditions. Michael Robinson is well-recognised in Spain not only for his professionalism, but also for his personal attributes such as his honesty, his credibility and his sympathy," said president of the foundation, Fidel López.