Bruninho’s gesture of handing the award for the Most Valuable Player of the 2019 Club World Championship to a teammate Leal, after he previously refused to accept it, was a gesture of pure sportsmanship. The Cuban-born player expressed his gratitude to the Brazilian setter on Instagram.
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O merecimento muitas vezes não é reconhecido, mas sigo fazendo o meu melhor, porque um prêmio não apaga tudo o que fiz até hoje na minha carreira. Ao @bruninho1 meu agradecimento, por reconhecer meu desempenho neste campeonato, já que a @volleyballworld não soube reconhecer. Estou muito feliz pelo título e por contribuir para o primeiro título mundial do @asvolleylube. Obrigado a todos que torceram por nós!
“The merit is often unrecognized, but I keep doing my best because an award doesn’t erase everything I’ve done so far in my career. Thank you Bruninho for acknowledging my performance in this championship since FIVB didn’t recognize it. I’m very happy for contributing to the first world title of Lube. Thank you to everyone who cheered for us!” Leal posted.
Bruninho didn’t want to comment on his gesture but couldn’t hide happiness of winning the title for the best club in the world with Cucine Lube Civitanova.
“It’s a special victory. This team was brave. In times of pressure, it remained united and deserved to raise the trophy. It was the only one that I still missed, so I thank my teammates and also those of the past for helping me win everything I have won over the years,” Best Setter of the tournament stated.
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