Former tennis star Manolo Santana, basketball coach Cesare Scariolo (also founder and president of the Cesare Scariolo Foundation) and World Cup-winning manager Vicente del Bosque received recognition for their contribution to society last Friday when they were named 'hijos adoptivos' (adopted sons) of Marbella at a ceremony at the Marbella municipal theatre.
These three well-known figures from the world of sport were all presented with honours by mayor Ángeles Muñoz last Friday.
“I came just for a day and now its been 36 years,” said Santana as he summarised his long and special relationship with Marbella, a town where he chose to settle in during the 1980s and set up his own tennis club. “Life in Marbella is like nowhere else on Earth,” he said.
Tribute was also paid in the form of a 'Medalla de la Ciudad' (municipal medal) to the late fashion designer David Delfín, whose death came a year ago on Sunday.
Also awarded were former manager of Los Monteros and Don Carlos hotels, Rafael de la Fuente, as well as the Protección Civil organisation and Librería Mata, a bookshop that closed its doors recently after 80 years.