Real Madrid star Gareth Bale pays tribute to Irish jockey AP McCoy following knighthood
The most expensive footballer in the world was among those to pay tribute to decorated jockey AP McCoy following his knighthood in the Queen's New Year Honours list.
McCoy is only the second jockey in history to have been awarded a knighthood, with Gordon Richards the first in 1953 and Gareth Bale was among those to acknowledge the achievement.
"Delighted for @AP_McCoy! Fully deserved #SirAP"
McCoy admitted a sense of incredulity when he gained notification of the honour for services to horseracing.
He told the Times: "It was a couple of weeks ago I got the news.
"I was just about to go into a charity event, in London, and quickly browsing through my emails - and there was this message from the Home Office.
"I read it again. And then I read it again. Even then, I was wondering whether it might be some kind of hoax.
"They had asked me to call this number, and I was wondering which practical joker would be on the line.
"To be considered worthy of the same recognition as Sir Gordon is something that is going to take a long time to sink in."
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