the Argentinian Lionel Messi was chosen today as the Best Male Athlete of 2023 at the awards laureate and he became the first footballer in history to win that award twice.
“The iconic footballer reached even greater heights last year, when he inspired Argentina to a historic third triumph in the FIFA World Cup,” the organization described it.
In 2020, he had shared it with the British pilot lewis hamilton. In this edition, the Argentine star shared the payroll with his teammate in the PSG Kylian Mbapperunner-up in the world Qatar 2022and the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadalwho after winning the australian open and Roland Garros in 2022 he adds 22 victories of grand slam.
In addition, there was the Dutch max verstappentwo-time world champion Formula 1; Swedish Duplantis World, pole vault world record holder; and the american Stephen Curry, most valuable Player of the finals of the nba.
Messi received the award after resuming training at his club, after being sidelined for a week for missing a practice session on May 1, when he traveled with his family to Saudi Arabia for an advertising engagement.