Say what you want about Jose Mourinho, and if you're a FC Barcelona fan you've said a lot. But this is one time, I don't even think a Barca fan could find fault. In 2010 he won a treble with Inter Milan and went on to receive the FIFA Manager Of The Year Award. This is one of Mourinho's most cherished awards and one you don't think he'd part with easily. Because of friend and mentor Sir Bobby Robson, he's donated it to his charity.
Robson and Mourinho have history, after Jose's playing career came to an end Robson took a young Jose under his wing and hired him as in interpreter when Sir Bobby took the manager's job at Sporting Lisbon in 1992. In the 1996-97 season Robson and Mourinho were at FC Barcelona. Mourinho would move on to Benfica before his break out year in 2004 as he guided FC Porto to a champions league win.
Two years ago at the age of 76 Sir Bobby Robson died of lung cancer, to this day Mourinho credits the man with the start of his coaching career. So after his death the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was born. Mou has decided to donate his FIFA 2010 manager of the year award to the Foundation so they can put it up for auction in a effort to raise cancer awareness and funds for the foundation.
"The entire family is completely astounded by this generous gift from Mr. Mourinho," Robson’s son Mark said. "We are thrilled and so thankful to him."
"My dad would have been so proud by the way all the different clubs and football managers around the world are pulling together by contributing such incredible prizes," Mark Robson said.
Say what you want about the guy on the pitch, but off the pitch it's a whole different ball game. And there's always something that makes me giggle about the fact he used to work for FC Barcelona.