Argentina’s first victory over the All Blacks resulted in Pumas receiving a nomination at the Laureus World Sports Awards.
In the 30th match between the two teams, Argentina finally beat the first Blacks 25–15 at Sydney Tree of Nations in November.
Other team-of-the-year competitors include Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Los Angeles Lakers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Mercedes Formula 1 team.
Last year’s joint winner Lewis Hamilton was selected again, but co-winner Lionel Messi is absent with Robert Lewandowski, FIFA World Player of the Year. LeBron James and Raphael Nadal are the other two main contenders.
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Robert Lewandowski was named FIFA’s Best Player and Lucy Bronze won the women’s award
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka was nominated in the women’s category, along with Dutch cycling star Anna van der Bregan and Italian skier Federica Brignoni. Osaka won the 2019 Laureus Breakthrough Award.
Winners will be announced in May.
Best Team in the World Award:
Argentine Men’s Rugby Team – First victory against three-time world champions from the All Blacks Team.
Football Bayern Munich (Germany) – Won the European Champions League, German Championship and German Cup with Hansi Flick.
Kansas City Chiefs (USA) American football – won the Super Bowl for the first time since 1970.
Football Liverpool (UK) – With Juergen Klopp, he won his first Premier League title in 30 years.
Los Angeles Lakers Basketball (USA) – Inspired by LeBron James, he won the 17th NBA Championship.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 (Germany) – the seventh record in a row in the constructors’ championship.
World’s Best Female Athlete:
Anna van der Bregen (Netherlands) on a bike – won the road race and time trial at the World Championships.
Federica Brignoni (Italy) figure skating – the first Italian woman to win the World Cup in all respects; Also combined and G. Slalom.
Brigid Kosji (Kenya) Athletics – Won the London Marathon scheduled for over three minutes.
Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis – She won her second US Open Championship in 2020 and her third career in Grand Slam at the age of 22.
Wendy Renard (France) – captain of Lyon, who won the European Champions League for the fifth time in a row.
Basketball Brianna Stewart (USA) – led the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Championship; Won the best player award in the finals.
World’s Best Athlete Award:
Joshua Chiptege (Uganda) Athletics – He broke the world record for the 5,000m and 10,000m in 2020.
Armand Duplantis (Sweden) Athletics – He broke the world indoor and outdoor pole vault record in 2020.
Lewis Hamilton (UK) Auto Racing – Winner of the 7th Formula 1 World Championship, which is a world record.
Basketball LeBron James (USA) – Los Angeles Lakers star won the 4th NBA title and MVP award in the 4th Finals.
Robert Lewandowski (Poland) Football – 55 goals with Bayern Munich winning the European Champions League and German League.
Rafael Nadal (Spain) Tennis – Won the 13th French Open; His 20th career tied to Roger Federer Grand Slam.
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