Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) was honored with the 2023 Laureus Male Player of the Year and Team of the Year awards in recognition of his performance at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The Laureus World Sports메이저사이트 Academy selected Messi as the male player of the year on the 9th (Korean time). It is the second award in three years and a career since jointly winning with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton (England) in 2020.
This award, established in 2000, is given annually to the best player in all sports fields. It is conducted by voting by more than 1,000 media in 70 countries around the world. Messi is the only male player of the year ever to have been awarded by a soccer player.
Messi fulfilled his long-cherished dream of last year’s World Cup and became a soccer emperor. Coming to the World Cup as the captain of the Argentina national team, he scored 7 goals and 3 assists, leading his country to its first championship in 36 years. Messi was recognized for his best performance and won the Golden Ball, the MVP of the tournament.
Messi highly regarded for his contribution to the World Cup is Kylian Mbappe (Soccer, France), Stephen Curry (Basketball, USA), Rafael Nadal (Tennis, Spain), Armand Duplantis (pole vault, Sweden), Max Verstaffen (F1 •Netherlands) and became the main character of the award.
In addition, Messi raised two trophies on behalf of the Argentine soccer team, which was selected as the team of the year, and vomited the spirit of winning the first two crowns in history.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen was awarded the Laureus Return of the Year award. Eriksen suffered a heart attack during Euro 2020 in 2021 and was at a critical point in his career. However, he returned to the ground last year when he signed with Brentford and won the Comeback Award for his outstanding performance at Manchester United this season.
Shelley Anne Fraser-Price (Jamaica) was selected as the female athlete of the year, winning the 100m at the World Championships in Athletics last July and winning her fifth gold medal at the World Championships alone. The Rookie of the Year award, Breakthrough, went to Carlos Alcaras (Spain), who won the men’s singles at the U.S. Open last year.