Formula One driver and champion Lewis Hamilton is the winner of this year’s Laureus Sportsman award. He shares the award with Messi making it the first time that the award is shared by two sportsmen.
Lewis Hamilton won his 6th Formula One World Championship last season after he overcame teammate Bottas and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Messi also won a record sixth ballon D’or when he was voted best ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, Sadio Mane, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The interesting bit about Messi and Hamilton is that both share the number six in regards to awards. Hamilton is a six-time winner of Formula 1 while Messi is a six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or.
Lewis Hamilton is the winner of the Laureus Sportsman Award
The world’s sports media casts the votes with the Sportsman of the Year award going to the ‘sportsman who best demonstrates supreme athletic performance and achievement’.
Lewis Hamilton was beyond grateful for having been voted as the Laureus Sports personality of the year and thanked his team at Mercedes for all that they have done to help him get to where he is at the moment.
The award comes just days after the World Champion and team Mercedes unveiled their car for the 2020 season that should compete against Red Bull and Ferrari.
“Thank you Laureus Sport for this incredible award of World Sportsman of the Year,” he said.
“To think that my name is going to slot in alongside the legends, who have won this award before me, is really humbling.” “Thank you again.” A modest Lewis Hamilton stated.
He added: “I also want to thank Mercedes Benz, they’ve always given me huge support, having signed me at the age of 13, they allowed me the opportunity to live my dream.”
As for Messi, the Barcelona forward claimed a record-breaking sixth Ballon d’Or as he was named football’s best.
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