PSG participant was elected the Greatest Male Athlete of 2022; in 2020, the Argentine had already shared the award with the driving force Lewis Hamilton
Low on the pitch, away from the pitch Lionel Messi preserve shining. This Monday, the striker gained the Laureus Award for Greatest Male Athlete of 2022. The Argentine even celebrated together with his staff the trophy within the Greatest Group of the Yr class, for profitable the Qatar World Cupin December.
It was the second time that the attacker gained the award, probably the most revered in world sport. In 2020, he shared the trophy, on the so-called “Sports activities Oscar” ceremony, with English driver Lewis Hamilton. “That is the primary time that I’m the one winner of the Laureus Award for Greatest Male Athlete and, after a 12 months by which we lastly gained one other award that we’ve been chasing for a very long time, on the World Cup, it’s an honor to have the ability to maintain this Laureus statuette” , celebrated the Argentine.
Messi obtained the trophy in individual as a result of he was current on the ceremony, held in Paris, the place he at the moment lives. There was expectation about his presence on the venue as a result of the participant is experiencing a troubled second off the pitch. Final week, he was suspended by Paris Saint-Germain for making an unauthorized journey to Saudi Arabia and lacking coaching that week.
The episode comes at a decisive second for Messi’s future. The Argentine solely has a contract with the Parisian membership till the top of June and reveals no intention of continuous on the membership. The European press has already speculated his return to Barcelona and even transfers to English soccer.
“It is a nice honor, particularly because the award befell in Paris this 12 months, the town that has welcomed my household since we arrived right here in 2021. I wish to thank all my teammates, not just for the nationwide staff but in addition for PSG. I did not obtain any of this alone and I am grateful to have the ability to share all of it with them,” mentioned Messi, who returned to coaching at PSG’s CT this Monday.
To win the award, Messi needed to overcome idols like Stephen Curry, from the NBA; Armand Duplantis, athletics; tennis participant Rafael Nadal; Components 1 driver Max Verstappen; and even his PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé. Within the ladies’s class, the winner was Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, observe and area star. It was her first win for the award, in her sixth nomination.
Brazil was disputing the trophy with two representatives in the identical class, Greatest Athlete in Motion Sports activities. Skateboarder Rayssa Leal and surfer Filipe Toledo have been crushed by American skier Eileen Gu, who competes for China in some competitions. Rayssa, in her second nomination, was thought-about the frontrunner.
With the sudden consequence, Brazil extends its lack of conquests within the Laureus to seven years. The final one to win the award was Daniel Dias, within the Greatest Paralympic Athlete class, in 2016.
Examine the listing of winners beneath
- Greatest Male Athlete: Lionel Messi
- Greatest Feminine Athlete: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
- Greatest Group/Group: Argentina males’s nationwide soccer staff
- Revelation of the Yr: Carlos Alcaraz (Spanish tennis participant)
- Return of the Yr: Christian Eriksen (Danish Footballer)
- Paralympic Athlete of the Yr: Catherine Debrunner (Athlete from Switzerland)
- Greatest Motion Sports activities Athlete: Eileen Gu
- Laureus Sport for Good Award: TeamUp
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