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Rivera honoured to have joined elite club

Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 10.00CET
Winner of the UEFA President's Award for 2011, Gianni Rivera tells UEFA.com about such an "honour", keeping his emotions in check and the importance of human relations in football.
Rivera honoured to have joined elite club
Gianni Rivera with the UEFA President's Award at San Siro, scene of so many career triumphs ©Getty Images
 

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Published: Saturday 24 March 2012, 10.00CET

Rivera honoured to have joined elite club

Winner of the UEFA President's Award for 2011, Gianni Rivera tells UEFA.com about such an "honour", keeping his emotions in check and the importance of human relations in football.

Gianni Rivera followed in the footsteps of the likes of Alfredo Di Stéfano, Sir Bobby Charlton and Eusébio when being presented with the UEFA President's Award for 2011 earlier this month.

"It feels great to be among those who have also received this award," the former AC Milan and Italy playmaker tells UEFA.com. "I think it's correct that the UEFA President identifies and awards personal recognition in terms of all aspects on and off the pitch. In football the right behaviour and good human relations are becoming more and more important, and the technical aspect is often just a secondary matter."

Our full video interview with Rivera is available above.

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