The Spanish manager has heaped praise on his Bayern Munich predecessor, whose treble-winning achievements were rewarded with the prestigious Bambi AwardBayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has thanked Jupp Heynckes for leaving him with a perfect team when he left the club in the summer.
The Bavarian giants won an historic treble last term during Heynckes' last season as coach, and have made a flying start to the current campaign.
The 68-year-old has been rewarded with the prestigious Bambi Award, presented by his successor, who was in awe of his achievements over the last year.
“Bayern have you to thank for many trophies - but this trophy is for you alone,” Guardiola said.
“You're a magnificent colleague. You’re a legend in Germany, but every kid in Catalunya and Spain knows who you are as well. You are a huge role model to me, as an expert but also as a person.
“You picked the team up again, with your experience, courage and big heart. You were rewarded with the treble – and it’s your treble! You handed me a perfect team, and I can’t top your achievement.”
Heynckes said he was honoured to have won the award, which is given to those who have inspired people in Germany with their achievements.
"I’m extremely pleased Pep is here today. Receiving the Bambi award is a great honour for me and I’m delighted. If my mother could be here to see it, she would be very proud.
"Coaching Bayern is a privilege. And it was a privilege to take charge of this team.”
Other Bayern Munich figures who have won the award include Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Michael Ballack.