In honor of the New England Patriots’ suspenseful Super Bowl win last night, I find it fitting to highlight what typically comes to mind when the words “patriot” and “win” combine in a single sentence in these parts:
Gjergj Kastrioti Skenderbeu (A.K.A. Skanderbeg): the revered Albanian national hero, who defended his territories against Ottoman expansion in the 1400s.
Skanderbeg Square in Albania’s capital city of Tirana–and the prominent statue in its center–pay homage to Skanderbeg while also proving his importance in the Albanian national imaginary.
Let’s give it up for Skanderbeg: today’s (and the last six centuries’) real MVP.