Messi wins the Laureus with Hamilton and tomb another wall

first_imgIn front of the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still standing, the one that forms the East Side Gallery with works by more than one hundred artists (among them the famous kiss of the communist hierarchs Honecker and Breznev) and with the river Spree acting behind as a natural border between the former GDR and western Germany, Leo Messi and football threw another wall. The one that prevented no soccer player will win the Laureus, the Oscar of the sport that grant an academy of 68 legends after voting from journalists around the world and that celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Verti Musi Hall. So fair it was, that for the first time in history there was a tie in the voting and He won the ex aequo prize with the Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, with six championships under his arm. Cannibal Messi presented his sixth Golden Ball, the Best of FIFA and a sixth Golden Boot (36 goals) as endorsement. And he beat Rafa Nadal, Marc Márquez, Eliud Kipchoge and Tiger Woods. The hand in hand with Hamilton ended in tables. The footballer (32 years old) had been nominated five times previously in the highest category and once in the revelation category, but the legends, impregnated with a more sports spirit, had never risen to the top. Neither he nor any other footballer. Yes, they won the prize for best team in Barcelona in 2012 and the Spanish National World Champion in 2010.However, Messi did not pick up the statuette in Berlin. The Argentine striker was in Dubai, where he traveled on Sunday night taking advantage of the two holidays that Quique Setién gave to the staff. He is ambassador of the Expo 2020 of the emirate and had to comply with previously marked advertising commitments. The organization tried to be in person, but it was too late. He thanked him in a video: “I was very excited to receive it there. I thank the academy because it is a special prize and be the first to win it by being a group athlete and not an individual.” The Basketball Team competed for the best team award (it was for South Africa rugby), but the Spanish Federation won a special statuette, that of the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ For twenty years of success. “A recognition of hard work”, in the words of Pau Gasol. The Revelation prize also spoke Spanish. It was for the first Colombian to win the Tour, Egan Bernal (23 years old), who has just participated in the Tour of his country and left a message: “I hope to win more.” In the women’s category, Simone Biles continued to set the pace and repeated: third time in four years. The five-gold record in the full World Cup competition (25 medals in total) weighed against the athlete Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. LAUREUS AWARDSMale sportsmanLeo Messi (football) and Lewis Hamilton (F1)Female sportswomanSimone Biles (USA)EquipmentSouth Africa (rugby)RevelationEgan Bernal (Cycling)ReappearanceSophia Flörsch (motorsports)Action sportsmanChloe Kim (snowboard)Athlete with a disabilityOksana Masters (cycling / skiing)Outstanding achievementFed. Spanish BasketballRace awardDirk Nowitzki (basketball)Best moment 20 yearsSachin Tendulkar (cricket)last_img read more