Messi wins the Laureus Prize as best athlete of the year

Published:17/02/2020 - 20:15h

Updated:17/02/2020 - 23:14h

Leo Messi, captain of the Barça, and Lewis Hamilton, champion of Formula 1, have empatado in the vote of the Prizes Laureus 2020 like better sportsmen of the year

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Leo Messi, captain of the FC Barcelona, has gone back to make history this month of February after turning into the first footballer that achieves a Prize Laureus as 'Better Sportsman'. It did it in the celebrated gala in Berlin this Monday after having tax to the rest of the candidates although, this yes, empatado with Lewis Hamilton, champion of Formula 1, and sharing prize with him.

So much the Argentinian star like the British pilot nhan achieved surpass to other big sportsmen that aspired to carry the prizes, like the tennist Rafael Nadal, the pilot of Motorbike GP Marc Márquez, the maratoniano Eliud Kipchoge or the golfista Tiger Woods. Messi, however, could not attend to the gala and Carles Puyol attended to collect the prize in his name like ambassador of the prizes.

This yes, the captain of the FC Barcelona transmitted through a video his satisfaction for having achieved win the prize being the first sportsman of his discipline that attains it in the history. "Good nights, ask pardon by not being present. It did me a lot of illusion by what means", commented, adding that "it is a very special prize, seat me honoured for being the first footballer in winning it to individual level".

Messi also wanted to appreciate the obtaining of the prize standing out the support of his mates, of his family and of all the fans that are with him. "It is an enormous pleasure be part of this delivery. I want to appreciate to my mates, to my family and to the people that follows me. A very big greeting to all, that follow enjoying of this party", sentenced.

The words of Hamilton

Whereas Leo Messi achieved to proclaim like the first footballer that obtains a Prize Laureus, Lewis Hamilton repeated the gesta that already had attained in his day Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. The British also wanted to launch his speech of satisfaction. "It is an honour be here tonight", said, adding that "so many stars and legends... I have grown in a sport that has very little consideration by the diversity and admire the function of the Foundation Laureus".

As Messi had done, Hamilton also wanted to launch gratitudes to the one who made possible that this Monday could proclaim winning of the prize in the votes. "Thanks to Mercedes-Benz, that hired me when were 13 years old. Thank you For giving me the opportunity. Thanks to Laureus for changing the life to so many people around the world", concluded.

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