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In the middle of the dispute with PSG, Lionel Messi goes for the Laureus: who is he competing against in the Oscars of world sport?


La Pulga is one of the finalists in the main category, although he would not be present this Monday at the gala in Paris due to the troubled week. The Argentine soccer team is also nominated.

Lionel Messi

, he always said, does not weigh individual titles over collective ones.

But this Monday he has the possibility of adding one more award to his enormous professional career, right in the middle of the most tense week since his landing at Paris Saint Germain in France, where he was not called up for this Sunday's game against



And, precisely in Paris, the Laureus awards

will be delivered

, the Oscars of sport, where a panel of experts choose the best in the world from all disciplines.

The 'Flea', who at the beginning of the year won FIFA's 'The Best' award, was included among the finalists of the main category of these awards for the first time as world champion, after the title in Qatar 2022. The ceremony will be this Monday from 12:00 (Argentine time) at the Pavillon Vendome in the French capital, and the soccer player from Rosario did

not confirm his attendance at the event

, so there is

little expectation regarding his presence


Among his rivals there is only one footballer, his teammate at PSG, the Frenchman Kylian Mbappé, and then the Spanish tennis player

Rafael Nadal

, the Dutch pilot

Max Verstappen

, the Swedish athlete

Armand Duplantis

, and the American basketball player

Stephen Curry


The disputed trophy is one of the highest awards given in the world of sports.

One that many long for.

And of the six candidates there was one who publicly expressed that he would love for Messi to be the one to obtain it.

It was Rafa Nadal, who -although he appreciated the nomination- said publicly that he prefers that one of his competitors in the shortlist win it. 

Rafael Nadal's Instagram message to Lionel Messi.

"It is an honor to be nominated again at the Laureus Awards as 'best athlete of the year', but this year..."

, Nadal wrote in a first publication in which he also shared the official video with which he communicated to the candidates for recognition.

His sentence ended in a subsequent post that he made immediately after re-sharing the same video with all the athletes who are competing for the award.

"Come on @leomessi, you deserve it", she published without hiding her admiration for the Argentine 10.

Later, Messi returned the praise of the former number 1:

"That an athlete as great as you gives me that leaves me speechless... Thank you very much Rafael Nadal"

, he published.

Lionel Messi's response to Rafael Nadal.

photo capture

Who votes?

Messi, 35, only won this award once, although it was


with British Formula 1 driver

Lewis Hamilton


For this reason, on this occasion, it could be the first in which he remains alone with the prize that he has among the most successful Swiss tennis player

Roger Federer

(2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2018).

"He inspired Argentina to glory in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and continues to raise the bar in football

," argued the Laureus Academy to justify the choice of Rosario.

The nominees for the Laureus awards -which have been held since 2000- were determined through a vote carried out by sports media from around the world, although the winners will be chosen by a 71-member panel of the greatest sports legends from all over the world

. times

, and announced during the second quarter of this year.

Among them, there are only two Argentines

: former rugby player

Hugo Porta

, who is considered the best Argentine player in this sport in history and is a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame;

and former Leona

Luciana 'Lucha' Aymar

, world field hockey star and the only one to receive the International Federation (FIH) award for best player of the year eight times.

In the women's division, meanwhile, those who will aspire to the highest prize will be the Polish tennis player

Iga Swiatek

, the Spanish soccer player

Alexia Putellas

, the American swimmer

Katie Ledecky

, the American skier

Mikaela Shiffrin

, the Jamaican athlete

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

and her colleague American

Sydney Mclaughlin Levrone


La Escaloneta, too

Argentina's world championship has made her the most attractive attraction in soccer.Credit...Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

The Argentine soccer team was not left out of the nominations and was included in the 'Best Team of the Year' category, after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Joining her in the vote are the England women's soccer team, the Real Madrid men's team from Spain, the France men's rugby team, the NBA's Golden State Warriors, and the Red Bull Formula 1 team. .

Photo: Alejandro PAGNI / AFP.

In addition, among the revelations of 2022, there is the Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, who this Sunday will play the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, who will fight the Kazakh tennis player Elena Rybakina, the Moroccan men's soccer team, the American skater Nathan Chen, the American golfer Scottie Scheffler, and the Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan.

Finally, five inspiring sports programs have been shortlisted for the Laureus Sport for Good award, given each year to a person or organization who, in the opinion of Academy members, have significantly contributed to transforming the lives of children and young people through sport.

This year, these include a movement-based psychosocial support intervention developed by War Child, Save the Children and UNICEF Netherlands, which uses physical activity to relieve stress in children affected by war or conflict and which it is particularly active in supporting refugees from Ukraine (TeamUp);

a program that uses boxing to challenge stereotypes and empower young women in Kenya (boxgirls);

a soccer project aimed at educating and uplifting the homeless population in India (Slum Soccer);

a program whose mission is to make sport inclusive for people with disabilities in South Africa (Made For More) and a project in Germany that uses action sports to help orphaned and migrant children integrate into new communities (High Five ).

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Source: clarin

All news articles on 2023-05-07

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