- Both Messi and Hamilton won the award ahead of Kenya’s all-time marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, golfer Tiger Woods, Marc Marquez and Rafael Nadal.
The Formula 1 champion, Lewis Hamilton and the FC Barcelona Striker Lionel Messi share the Laureus World Sportsman of the year. The Gymnast Simone Biles was awarded the Leureus Sportswoman of the year for the third time. The event took place in Berlin on Monday night.
Both Messi and Hamilton won the award ahead of Kenya’s all-time marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, golfer Tiger Woods, Marc Marquez and Rafael Nadal.
Sharing the Laureus World Sportsman of the year has never been seen for the last 20 years. However, Messi and Hamilton tied for an honour on Monday night.
Messi, who won the 2019 Balon D’Or thank his fans for making it shine every day.
‘I apologize I was not able to come to the event tonight. I really wanted to be there for every but unfortunately, I could not make it,” he said.
Lewis Hamilton also used the opportunity to outline the key issues of gender equality in Formula 1 as he received the award from former Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger.
“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,” Hamilton said.
The developing stories concerning the controversial Eliud Kipchoge’s shoe might have negatively impacted his chances to win the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.
The shoes are said to have an added spring in the sole and a carbon-fiber plate and a thicker midsole are claimed to improve the running by 4% to 5%.
With all the controversies, Kipchoge still has an opportunity to prove his completeness in Marathon running. The next Laureus Sportsman of the Year award might be his.