Laureus World Sport Awards 2021: Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James and Rafael Nadal among the nominees

Laureus World Sport Awards 2021 Nominees List: 20 times Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, 7 times Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton will be in line for Sportsman of the Year Award along with Baskeball legend LeBron James for the 2021 Laureus World Sport Awards.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who recently won the Australian Open, is on the Sportswoman of the Year shortlist.

Hamilton was the joint winner, along with Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, of the men’s award last year when the continuing global coronavirus pandemic started.

“It’s hard to believe just how much has changed – 2020 was a difficult year for so many people, for many different reasons and of course the world of sport was hugely affected,” said Mercedes driver Hamilton.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to race and I’m so proud of what we, as a team, were able to achieve together.”

Liverpool are among the nominees for the 2021 Laureus World Sport Awards. Liverpool won their first league title since 1990 last year and, along with Champions League winners Bayern Munich, are on the team of the year shortlist.

Sportsman of the Year
Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) Athletics

Armand Duplantis (Sweden) Athletics

Lewis Hamilton (GB) Formula 1

LeBron James (USA) Basketball

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) Football

Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) Cycling

Federica Brignone (Italy) Skiing

Brigid Kosgei (Kenya) Athletics

Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis

Wendie Renard (France) Football

Breanna Stewart (USA) Basketball

Team of the Year
Argentina Men’s Rugby Team

Bayern Munich (Germany) Football

Kansas City Chiefs (USA) American Football

Liverpool (GB) Football

Los Angeles Lakers (USA) Basketball

Mercedes Formula 1 team (Germany)

Breakthrough Award of the Year
Ansu Fati (Spain) Football

Patrick Mahomes (USA) American Football

Joan Mir (Spain) Motorcycling

Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) Cycling

Iga Swiatek (Poland) Tennis

Dominic Thiem (Austria) Tennis

Comeback of the Year Award
Daniel Bard (USA) Baseball

Kento Momota (Japan) Badminton

Alex Morgan (USA) Football

Max Parrot (Canada) Snowboarding

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing

Alex Smith (USA) American Football