Our beloved King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, has been recognised for his contributions to football in the continent.
For his contributions, he received the prestigious Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Diamond of Asia
award, which is the highest individual accolade one can receive in football, Bernama
Our King is the 15th recipient of the award, according to the news agency.
His late father, Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, received the same award in 2011, making them the only father-and-son duo to be bestowed the accolade in Asian football history.
In a statement, Al-Sultan Abdullah said he is happy to be able to honour his father’s legacy as he had contributed immensely to the development of football in Malaysia and Asia.
"He is my source of inspiration and it is to him that I dedicate this award," His Majesty said in the statement quoted by Bernama
The award was presented to the King by AFC president Shaikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa at Istana Negara on Thursday (7 November).
"We have been enriched and inspired by His Majesty's dedicated service and we are extremely proud to be honouring him today,” said Shaikh Salman.
His Majesty served as the deputy president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) in 1994 and continued to serve FAM as vice-president in 2007 and again from 2010 to 2014, before holding the post of president in 2014.
In 2002, His Majesty was elected as the AFC vice-president and was elected to the FIFA Council in 2015 where he served until 2019.
His Majesty was also a member of the FIFA Technical Committee in 1995, FIFA Youth Committee and the Organising Committee of the FIFA Confederations Cup in France in 2003.