Messi was honored to be the first football player to receive the title of Best Male Athlete of the Year at Laureus 2020. Messi was honored to receive the title of Best Male Sport of the Year at Laureus 2020. The award took place in Berlin, Germany.
The Argentinian striker was the first soccer player to win this noble individual award. Share your honor with Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, who shared the same number of votes.
Hamilton was crowned F1 World Champion for the 6th time in 2019, putting the British driver second only to the German legend. Michael Schumacher is on our list of all-time Formula 1 champions.
This duo surpassed many other names of the sports world. For example, legendary golfer Tiger Woods, tennis player Rafael Nadal, racer Marc Marquez and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge to be honored.
Hamilton was present in Berlin to receive his award directly, while Messi sent a message via a video. This award embodies a great 2019 year of great success for the individual Messi, after the Golden Boot and Golden Ball titles.
In other categories at Laureus 2020, Simone Biles, an American gymnast, received the title of Best Female Athlete of the Year. The American cross-country ski athlete, the Oksana Masters, was awarded the Disability Athlete of the Year award.
South Africa’s men’s rugby team, which won the 2019 World Cup, was selected as Team of the Year. Also at the Gala night, the Spanish Basketball Federation won the Special Achievement Award.
“I apologize for not being able to attend the event. I really want to be there with everyone but unfortunately I cannot,” said the 32-year-old Argentine star.
“I want to thank the Academy for giving me this recognition. This is a very important and special award.
“I am very honored to be the first person to win this award as someone from a team sport rather than an individual sport, usually. Thanks very much.”
For me, it is a great pleasure to be part of this award and to be the first footballer to receive it. Of course, I want to thank my teammates, my family, and the fans who supported me. “