Lionel Messi Wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year and Argentina Takes Team Award at Paris Ceremony 2023. The ceremony was held in Paris and Lionel Messi won it after his incredible World Cup tournament.
Lionel Messi has been named the sportsman of the year at the Laureus World Sports Awards. The Argentine footballer finally realized his World Cup dream in Qatar and also accepted the team of the year award on behalf of Argentina. The team beat France on penalties in last year’s epic final.
Messi, who is 35 years old, accepted the accolades at a ceremony in Paris just hours after it was confirmed that he had returned to Paris Saint-Germain following a club suspension. He thanked his club as well as international teammates.
“This is a special honour, particularly as the Laureus World Sports Awards are in Paris this year, the city that has welcomed my family since we came here in 2021,” said Messi.
Messi is the first athlete to win both Laureus awards in the same year. He has achieved none of this alone and is grateful to be able to share everything with his teammates.