The Laureus Awards they surrender to Leo Messi. The Argentine has been proclaimed as the Best sportsman of the year 2022 after winning the worldbe crowned as the top scorer of the competition and win the league French with PSG. It is the second time in her career that she has won the award. With the trophy, Messi happily ends a week where his strained relations with PSG have grabbed all the headlines.
When you have collected the trophy, Messi He had a few words of thanks where he remembered Barça and ignored PSG. “Sport is a team sport and this year I fulfilled the biggest dream I had: win the World Cup with my team. It cost me a lot, already at the end of my career. I had many joys with Barcelona and a lot of sadness with the national team but I had a lot of stones along the way and it made me improve myself”, he said.
🏆 Lionel Messi is the 2023 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year.
— Laureus (@LaureusSport) May 8, 2023
Messi competed in the category against his teammate at PSG kylian mbapperunner-up in the world in Qatar 2022, and the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, who after winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros in 2022 added 22 “Grand Slam” victories. The list of candidates for best athlete in the male category is completed by the Belgian max verstappentwo-time Formula 1 world champion, the Swedish Mondo Duplantis, pole vault world record holder, and the American Stephen CurryNBA Finals MVP.
Alcaraz, the revelation
Spanish sport has taken one of the trophies from the hand of Carlos Alcaraz, who has been designated as the revelation athlete of the campaign. The winner of the US Open 2022 and the youngest tennis player to become number 1 in the ATP ranking, takes the trophy hours after lifting the Mutua Open in Madrid.
The female award has gone to a Jamaican athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner for the fifth time at the Eugene World Championships (USA) of gold in the 100-meter dash. Alexia Putellas was also on the list of nominees, however she has not been able to sign the trophy that she took last year.
Alcaraz took the trophy for the revelation athlete of the year ahead of the Nigerian athlete tobi amusan, world champion and new 100m hurdles world record; the american skater Nathan Chen, Olympic gold and world record in the short program, the Moroccan soccer team, the first African country to reach the semifinals of the World Cup, the Kazakh tennis player Elena Rybakinawinner of Wimbledon, who conquered his first “Grand Slam & rdquor ;, and the American golfer scottie schefflerwinner of the Augusta Open and runner-up at the US Open.