- Rafa Nadal and Naomi Osaka winners of the Laureus World sports awards
- The award ceremony was held virtually on May 6 in Seville, Spain
- The purpose of these awards is to recognize the best athletes from the previous year
Rafa Nadal and Naomi Osaka winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards. Absolute success for tennis in the latest edition of the Laureus World Sports Awards, which were delivered virtually on May 6. The gala of these awards that recognize the best athletes of the previous year was held in the city of Seville (Spain) and was presented by the Spanish actress Paz Vega.
The Laureus Awards have been awarded since 1999 by the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation which, in addition to these awards, carries out various social projects around the world based on sports. In each edition, the best male, female and team athletes are awarded, in addition to other awards in different categories.
Winners of the 2021 Laureus Sports for Good Foundation
The main categories of the 2021 edition of the Laureus Awards were dominated by tennis. The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal managed to be named Best Male Athlete of the Year for the second time, having also won the award in 2011. In addition, Nadal has two other Laureus trophies such as Promise of the Year (2006) and Best Comeback of the Year (2014) .
With this latest award, the current world number two in the ATP Ranking is two behind Roger Federer. The Swiss tennis player is the one who has won a Laureus award the most times, five for Best Athlete and one for Best Comeback.
Nadal replaces the last year’s winners that, for the first time, they shared a prize.
Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi tied for Best Athlete of the Year category
Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton and FC Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi tied for votes in the Best Sportsman of the Year category. Curiously, despite the fact that footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi himself are usually among the highest paid athletes, the Argentine victory was the first time that a footballer received this recognition, and also the first time that an athlete who is part of a team won it.
Messi was virtually present at the 2021 Laureus gala to send a congratulatory message to Rafa Nadal. Watch video here.
In the female category, the best of the year did coincide with the highest paid athlete: Naomi Osaka, the highest-earning female athlete in history according to Forbes magazine. The Japanese tennis player is currently at number two in the WTA Singles Rankings and this season she is noticing a certain lack of rhythm of play.
The German team is leaders of the Bundesliga
However, last year, which is what is judged in the Laureus, had a great year that rounded off win the 2020 US Open for the second time, again, as he did in 2018, against Serena Williams. In the same way that Osaka is not at its best, neither is the one that was awarded Best Team of the Year: Bayern Munich.
The German side are leaders of the Bundesliga, but were eliminated early in the Champions League, in the quarterfinals at the hands of French PSG. On the other hand, 2020 could not be better for the Germans, who achieved a historic “sextet”; they won the six titles they could win: Bundesliga, German Cup, Champions League, German Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
More Laureus Award Winners
With that record, it is logical that the Germans prevailed over the rest of the nominees, including the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Lakers. At least one of the Chiefs players did win. Young quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was a Super Bowl MVP, won the Laureus award in the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year category.
Canadian Max Parrot won in the Best Comeback of the Year category, in which there were several nominated American athletes (skier Mikaela Shiffrin, baseball player Daniel Bard, soccer player Alex Morgan and quaterback Alex Smith). After overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parrot returned to the snowboarding elite in 2020 by taking home multiple golds at the X-Games. Filed Under: Rafa Nadal Naomi Osaka.
Liverpool FC Mohamed Salah won the Laureus as Sports Inspiration
In addition, Lewis Hamilton was recognized again this year, although this time for his social commitment. Liverpool FC footballer Mohamed Salah won the Laureus for Sports Inspiration; Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Earned Lifetime Achievement; KickForMore took home the Best Sports Program award; and Chris Nikic, who in 2020 became the first triathlete with Down syndrome to overcome an Ironman, received the Laureus Sports Moment of the Year.
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