Cristiano Ronaldo could bag yet another prestigious award come March 26th this year if he manages to shrug off competition from Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, LeBron James, Rafael Nadal and Sebastian Vettel.
All outstanding sportsmen in their various sporting genres, they have all been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, an award that has never before been won by a footballer
CR7 had an amazing 2013, scoring 69 goals for his native Portugal and Spanish club Real Madrid to break his 2012 record of 63 goals. His exploits on the pitch saw him walk away with the highly coveted Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career and helped Portugal secure a qualification spot for the World Cup showdown in Brazil come June. Could this be Ronaldo‘s year?
The Portuguese’ opponents are not by any chance easy to conquer, however. To pinpoint just one of them, Usain Bolt, who is easily the fastest man alive, has won the award 3 times including the last time out (2013).
Cristiano‘s nemesis, Lionel Messi, has been nominated four times while the Portugal captain has been nominated twice, the last occassion being in 2009.
Nominees and winners since 2011: