Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for yet another prestigious award, as the Portuguese star continues to reap the rewards of an incredible year in 2017.
The Laureus World Sports Awards today named the 32-year-old amongst their six-man shortlist for their World Sportsman of the Year 2017 prize, with Ronaldo being joined by Lewis Hamilton, Mo Farah, Chris Froome, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal in the voting.
Despite holding five Ballon d’Or trophies, the Real Madrid superstar has never won the Laureus award – despite being nominated four times since 2009. However, despite not having the greatest end to the year, the Portugal captain will be hoping he can add to his European Sportsperson of the Year title by winning on the world stage.
Organised by the Laureus World Sports Academy, an organisation that promotes the use of sport to bring people together for good, the awards will be voted on by a panel consisting of a number of world-leading sports editors, writers and broadcasters.
‘Great team effort’
The winner will be revealed as part of a glittering ceremony in Monaco on February 27, with a number of other categories also set to be voted on.
“We had a fantastic year at Real Madrid and I know I wouldn’t have been nominated if it wasn’t for our great team effort,” Ronaldo said upon learning of his nomination.
“I want to thank all my teammates and also the world’s media for having placed me among the candidates to win this very special award.”