UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In the capital of Germany, the next award ceremony for the best athletes of the year according to Laureus World Sports Academy was held.
Its laureates for 2019 were the football player of the national team of Argentina and the Spanish “Barcelona” Lionel Messiah and the British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton.
Recall that last year Messi was named the best football player in the world for the sixth time and received the Golden Ball and Golden Boot. Hamilton won the sixth time in his career and the fifth in a row in the 2019 race world championship season.
American gymnast Simone Biles, who won five gold medals at the World Championships, was recognized as the athlete of the year. This is her fifth Laureus World Sports Academy award. The best team was named South African rugby team, who won the 2019 World Cup.
Special prizes were awarded to the eight-time Paralympic champion American Oksana Masters, the winner of the 2019 Tour de France cycling race Egan Bernal, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, German race car driver Sofia Flörsch and basketball player Dirk Nowitzki.
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