Messi, Shelly-Ann and Liverpool: top prizes nominees at Laureus World Sports Awards
The 20th annual Laureus World Sports Awards will take place on Monday in Berlin, with top prizes frontrunners Lionel Messi, Shelly-Ann and Liverpool.
Messi, Shelly-Ann and Liverpool among the top prizes nominees at Laureus World Sports Awards
Barcelona and Argentinian football hero Lionel Messi, legendary sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Liverpool are the frontrunners for top prizes at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards 2020. The annual ceremony will happen at the Verti Musik Hall here on Monday.
Messi are going to be fighting it out for the Sportsman of the Year (2019) Award with Formula One star Lewis Hamilton, 19-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal, MotoGP heavyweight Marc Marquez, golf legend Tiger Woods, and Kenyan long-distance runner Eulid Dipchoge, who became the first athlete to complete a marathon in less than two hours last Octbober, completed 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds.
For Shelly-Ann, the competition for the Sportswoman of the Year (2019) award will come from fellow sprinter Allyson Felix, American footballer Megan Rapinoe, skier Mikaela Shiffrin, top gymnast Simone Biles and 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open winner Naomi Osaka.
Biles, who last year won five gold medal at the World Championships to become the most decorated gymnast in the event’s history, and has won the award twice before – in 2019 and 2017.
As far as Team of the Year (2019) honours is concerned, Liverpool are leading the race. The Reds won the 2018-19 Champions League title, and are currently set to break a host of records this English Premier League season, holding a remarkable 25-point lead over defending champions Manchester City. Liverpool are also in the running for the Comeback of the Year with their astonishing Champions League semifinal turnaround against Barcelona making the cut.
Among those challenging Liverpool for the award are the United States women’s football team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, NBA team Toronto Raptors, who became the first Canadian franchise to win the championship, Formula One team Mercedes, the Spanish national basketball team, and the South African rugby team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is in contention to win the Laureus Sporting Moment (2000-2020). The moment is titled Carried on the Shoulders of a Nation, a reference to the 2011 World Cup Triumph of the Indian Cricket team. For the Laureus Sporting Moment, a public vote, which provides fans the chance to settle on , has been instituted.
Other awards to be given during the ceremony are Breakthrough of the Year, Comeback of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability and Action Sportsperson of the Year.