Djokovic pips Messi, Bolt,Serena Williams to win Laureus award

Novak Djokovic got the better of Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt to to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for a third time at the Laureus Sports Awards.The world's top footballer Lionel Messi received the Team Athlete of the Year Award at the 2016 Laureus Sports Awards just a day after scoring his 500th career goal

Messi, who was recently named Fifa World Player of the Year in January, has now been honoured with the Team Athlete of the Year Award at this year’s Laureus Sports Awards held on Monday evening in Berlin.
Djokovic won for the second straight year and third time overall and Serena Williams picked up her fourth award. Williams did not attend the ceremony.

Djokovic had a near perfect season last year, winning 11 titles, including three Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open) and the ATP World Tour finals. Djokovic’s win-loss record was jaw dropping too where he went 82-6 throughout the year.
"I am very proud of it. It wouldn't have been possible without the great team that I have. I am grateful to the love and passion of tennis that brought me here. Sports has inspired me in so many different ways. I dedicate this award to two people who have inspired. I want to thank them for their legacy, My Nicki Lauda and Mr Johan Cryuff," Djokovic said after being presented the trophy by current F1 leader Nico Rosberg.

And the 58 academy members recognized these jaw dropping numbers to vote for the Serb in this category ahead of sports superstars like Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, sprint king Usain Bolt, Formula One’s reigning champion Lewis Hamilton and golf’s new sensation Jordan Spieth.
Three-time Formula-1 World Champion Niki Lauda received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the sport over the course of his career. Lauda is now the chairman of the Mercedes team.

The late football legend Johann Cruyff, who lost his battle with cancer in March 2015, was also honoured for his contribution to the sport and his efforts in leading sports-related projects for the underprivileged around the world.
The winners in the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards
Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award: Novak Djokovic (Serbia, Tennis).
Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award: Serena Williams (US, Tennis).
Laureus World Team of the Year Award: All Blacks (New Zealand, Rugby).
Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Jordan Spieth (US, Golf).
Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Dan Carter (New Zealand, Rugby).

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