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Rafael Nadal lavishes praise on Messi, endorses Argentina skipper for Laureus Sportsman of the Year award

Rafael Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam winner, supported Lionel Messi for the 2023 Laureus Sportsman of the Year award, claiming that the 2022 FIFA World Cup champion “deserves” the honour.

The nominees for various awards were announced by Laureus, and the list includes some of the greatest athletes in history in addition to those who shone in the previous 12 months. Athletes who have been nominated include Rafael Nadal, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Iga Swiatek, Tiger Woods, and Mikaela Shiffrin.

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Lionel Messi (football, Argentina), Kylian Mbappe (football, France), Rafael Nadal (tennis, Spain), Max Verstappen (motor racing, Netherlands), Mondo Duplantis (athletics, Sweden), and Steph Curr (basketball, USA) have all been named finalists for the 2023 Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.

The nominees for the 2023 Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award include Iga Swiatek (tennis, Poland), Alexia Putellas (football, Spain), Katie Ledecky (swimming, USA), Mikaela Shiffrin (alpine skiing, USA), Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone (athletics, USA), and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (athletics, Jamaica).

Other Laureus nominations:

Team of the Year

Argentina Men’s Football Team
England Women’s Football Team
France Men’s Rugby Team
Golden State Warriors (USA) Basketball
Real Madrid (Spain) Football
Oracle Red Bull Racing (Austria)

Breakthrough of the Year

Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) Tennis
Tobi Amusan (Nigeria) Athletics
Nathan Chen (USA) Figure Skating
Morocco Men’s Football Team
Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan) Tennis
Scottie Scheffler (USA) Golf

Comeback of the Year

Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Motor Cycling
Christian Eriksen (Denmark) Football
Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) Athletics
Klay Thompson (USA) Basketball
Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) Cycling
Tiger Woods (USA) Golf

Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Diede de Groot (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis
Catherine Debrunner (Switzerland) Para Athletics
Declan Farmer (USA) Para Ice Hockey
Cameron Leslie (New Zealand) Para Swimming and Wheelchair Rugby
Oksana Masters (USA) Para Cross-Country Skiing and Para Cycling
Jesper Saltvik Pedersen (Norway) Para Alpine Skiing

Action Sportsperson of the Year

Justine Dupont (France) Big Wave Surfing
Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing
Ailing (Eileen) Gu (China) Freestyle Skiing
Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboarding
Rayssa Leal (Brazil) Skateboarding
Filipe Toledo (Brazil) Surfing

Sport for Good Award

Boxgirls (Kenya) Boxing
High Five (Germany) Action Sports
Made For More (South Africa) Multi-sport
Slum Soccer (India) Football
TeamUp (Global) Movement


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