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Lionel Messi creates history at the Laureus World Sport Awards

Sportsman of the Year Messi creates history at the 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards. Argentine legend picks up Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Team of the Year Awards at star-studded ceremony in Paris


Lionel Messi wears a black wool printed tuxedo jacket with satin lapels, tuxedo pants
and black derbies.
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Carlos Alcaraz wears Louis Vuitton to the 2023 Laureus World Sport Awards

Carlos Alcaraz’s victory at the 2022 US Open and rise to the world No.1 spot saw him collect the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award. Alcaraz enjoyed a phenomenal 2022 in which he won the US Open and became tennis’s youngest-ever men’s No.1 player – the Spaniard only turned 20 a few days before picking up his Laureus Statuette.

Lionel Messi made sporting history at the prestigious 2023 Laureus World Sports Awards in Paris on Sunday evening. The football legend – who led Argentina to the World Cup in 2022 – became the first athlete to win the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and also pick up the Laureus World Team of the Year Award in the same year.

The biggest show in sport was back as a live and in-person event for the first time since 2020 – and every one of the eight Award winners was there to celebrate an extraordinary sporting year. They were joined by the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy, Laureus Award winners from previous years and some of the world’s greatest athletes at a glittering ceremony at the Pavillon Vendome. The Laureus World Sports Awards kick off a sensational year of sport in France, and Paris in particular. In the Autumn, the Rugby World Cup will be the focus of the sporting world, with both semi-finals and the final taking place at the nearby Stade de France. Then, in 2024, the same stadium will host track and field competition as the Olympics and Paralympics come to Paris.

After a year in which the greatest footballer of his generation finally added the #FIFA World Cup to his resumé – winning the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player for good measure – Messi took to the stage twice: to receive the Laureus World Team of the Year Award on behalf of the #Argentina men’s football team, and to claim his second Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, after sharing that prize with Lewis Hamilton in 2020.

If #Messi can be considered one of the greatest #footballers of all time, then the winner of the Sportswoman of the Year Award is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest female sprinters in history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s memorable 2022 – including the 100m gold medal at the World Athletics Championships – saw her pick up the #Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award.

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