Why did Jose Mourinho give away his FIFA Ballon D’Or World Coach of the Year Award?
Sep 17, 2011 | 10 : 19 AM
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Mourinho earned the respect of even his most vociferous critics in September 2011 when it was revealed that he had given away the most prestigious and valuable personal award of his footballing career - to charity. 

Mourinho gave the FIFA Ballon D'Or World Coach of the Year award he won in 2010 to the organisers of a charity auction to be held in aid of the Sir Bobby Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. 

The gesture recognised the role the late Sir Bobby Robson played as Mourinho's mentor. The young Mourinho served under the Englishman at Sporting Lison, Porto and Barcelona, beginning as his translator before developing as a coach. He won the Ballon D'Or World Coach of the Year after steering Inter Milan to the treble of Champions League and a league and cup double  in the same season. 

The generous donation came as a shock to SIr Bobby's family. Sir Bobby’s son, Mark, said: ‘The entire family is completely astounded by this generous gift from Mr Mourinho. We are so thrilled and so thankful to him. My Dad would have been so proud." 

Mourinho's trophy was due to be auctioned in October 2011 and was expected to help raise a large part of the £250,000 the charity were aiming to raise for Breast Cancer. 

This video of the Ballon D'Or award shows how much the prize meant to Mourinho and underlines what a gesture it was to donate it to charity. 

2011-09-17 10:31:17
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