Laureus Sport Awards: Lionel Messi & Argentina World Cup team win Laureus awards

Lionel Messi and his World Cup-winning Argentina were named Sportsman and Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Abishek Goswami
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Argentina lifted the World Cup for the third time, beating France in a penalty shootout in Doha after possibly the greatest final of all time, which ended in a 3-3 draw. Messi captained the Argentina side. He scored seven times and won the Golden Ball as his country won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December. For performing on the biggest stage of Football, Argentina & Messi won the Laureus Sport Awards. He is the first athlete to win the team and individual awards in the same year.

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"This is a special honour," said Paris St-Germain forward Messi, 35. "Particularly as the Laureus World Sports Awards are in Paris this year, the city that has welcomed my family since we came here in 2021."

"I want to thank all my team-mates, not only from the national team but also at PSG - I have achieved none of this alone and I am grateful to be able to share everything with them."

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Laureus Sport Awards: Full list

  • Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award: Lionel Messi
  • Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
  • Laureus World Team of the Year award: Argentina men's football team
  • Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award: Carlos Alcaraz
  • Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Christian Eriksen
  • Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award: Catherine Debrunner
  • Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award: Eileen Gu
  • Laureus Sport for Good award: TeamUp (A programme for children displaced by war by Barcelona and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski)
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