Messi and Liverpool among the nominees at the XX Laureus World Sports Awards
The 20th annual Laureus World Sports Awards will take place on Monday in Berlin, with Lionel Messi and Liverpool among those up for accolades.
Lionel Messi and Liverpool are among the big name nominees who are expected to be recognised at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards which will be held in Berlin on Monday night.
Liverpool's whirlwind year
Liverpool are up for two awards after a wonderful year, as they won the 2018-19 Champions League and took a massive leap towards a first top-flight title in 30 years. Jürgen Klopp's side look set to break a host of records this season, as they have dropped points in just one of their 26 matches and hold a remarkable 25-point lead over defending champions Manchester City in second.
The Reds are in the running for two prizes in the Laureus Sports Awards' 20th anniversary gala – World Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year, the latter on account of their astonishing Champions League semi-final turnaround at the expense of Barcelona. Among those challenging Liverpool for the former are the United States' Women's football team and the Toronto Raptors, who became the first Canadian franchise win an NBA championship.
Messi up for Laureus Sportsman of the Year
A selection of sporting superstars are up for the Sportsman of the Year award, with Barcelona and Argentina icon Lionel Messi among them following his record-breaking sixth Ballon d'Or. Also in the running is Eliud Kipchoge after the Kenyan became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours last October, covering the 26.2 miles in one hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds in Vienna.
Ballon d'Or Feminin winner Megan Rapinoe is among those in the hunt for the Sportswoman of the Year gong, although gymnast Simone Biles also has a very strong case. The 22-year-old last year won five gold medals at the World Championships to become the most decorated gymnast in the event's history, and has won this award twice before, in 2019 and 2017.
The event will take place at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin on Monday. Below is a complete list of the awards up for grabs and the athletes nominated.
Sportsman of the Year
Sportswoman of the Year
Team of the Year
Breakthrough of the Year
Comeback of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability
Action Sportsperson of the year