Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton shared the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday night time.
The famous person footballer and Components one driver pipped Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Marc Marquez and Eliud Kipchoge for the honour. The pair have been tied for first place in the voting by former sports activities greats who make up the members of the Laureus Academy.
Hamilton, who was given the award by former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger, stated: ‘It is all of our duty to make use of our platform for actually pushing for gender equality, inclusivity and ensuring that we’re partaking and attempting to characterize the place the world is at the moment.’
Messi who was not at the occasion stated: ‘I apologise I used to be not capable of come to the occasion tonight. I actually wished to be there however sadly, I couldn’t make it.
‘I wish to thank the Academy for giving me this recognition.
‘The reality is that this can be a very particular award and I’m honoured to be the first to win this from a workforce sport. Thanks very a lot.’
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