Lionel Messi And Lewis Hamilton Win Laureus Sportsman Of The Year Award
Lionel Messi on Monday shared the Laurens Sportsman of the Year award with Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.
Messi is the first footballer ever to win it.
The two were tied for first place in the voting which was done by former sports great who make up the Laurens Academy.
They beat out Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Marc Marquez and Eliud Kipchoge.
The tie between Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton is the first in the 20-year history of the Laureus awards.
Argentine Messi, 32, guided Barcelona to the La Liga crown – his 10th.
“I am honoured to be the first to win this award being a sportsperson coming from a team sport,” Messi said from Barcelona via a video message.
Briton Hamilton, 35, won his sixth drivers’ title.
Hamilton in his speech, highlight what he believes are issues over a lack of diversity in F1.
“I grew up in a sport that has given my life meaning,” said Hamilton.
“But I’ve grown up in a sport which has little to no diversity. It’s an issue we are continually facing. It’s all of our responsibilities to use our platform to push for gender equality and inclusivity. We have to make sure we are engaging and representing what the world is today.”
US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles, who won five titles at the 2019 world championships in Stuttgart to leave her with a record 25 world gold medals, took the Laureus sportswoman of the year award for the third time.
“It means the world to me, this is my third Laureus award and I’m really grateful,” said Biles, 22 in a video message.
“I want to thank my family and friends.”
South Africa, who won the 2019 World Cup, were named team of the year, beating Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and the US women’s football team.
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi was joined on stage by six South African team-mates to collect the trophy.
“With this group of players, we came together for the love of the game with one goal and fought so hard for each other,” Kolisi told the audience in Berlin.
“We gave everything we had to win the trophy and hopefully inspire kids for generations to come.”
Snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, 19, won the action sportsperson award after taking gold medals at the world championship halfpipe and X Games super pipe.
Oksana Masters, who was born with limb impairments caused by radiation from Chernobyl and was later adopted in the US, won the sportsperson with a disability award.
The 30-year-old won five gold medals and a silver at the world para nordic skiing championships and also took the cross-country overall world cup title.
She also won silver medals in the road race and time trial H5 at the para cycling road world championships.
Colombia’s Egan Bernal, 22, who became the youngest rider to win the Tour de France for 110 years, won the breakthrough award after winning the world’s top cycling race in what was only his second three-week classic event.
“I’m really happy, this is a big result for me in my career,” the Colombian said in a video.
German F3 driver Sophia Floersch scooped the comeback of the year award for racing once again at the Macau Grand Prix last November, a year after a crash on the same circuit left her with a spinal fracture.
Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar won the public vote for the top sporting moment over the last 20 years for leading his country to victory at the 2011 World Cup at the sixth attempt.
German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was recognised with the lifetime achievement award.