The legendary Italian defender  Giacinto Facchetti , who died in September 2006, has received the Presidential Award on the occasion of the  FIFA World Player Gala 2006 . The man considered to be the founding father of the famous catenaccio style of defending was part of the celebrated Inter Milan side of the 1960s. He was a one-club man throughout his career and even became president of the Nerazzuri in January 2004.

Upon his death, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter paid tribute to "an exceptional player, a capable official and, above all, as a wonderful man. As a FIFA coaching instructor for almost ten years and a member of the FIFA Football Committee since 1998, he left his mark not only on his own club, Inter Milan, but also on Italian, European and world football through his technical knowledge and human qualities. We have all lost a true friend in Giacinto and we will never forget him."