Tennis star Rafael Nadal bagged the most prestigious ‘World Sportsman of the Year’ at the Laureus World Sports Awards. In this run he run ahead star footballers Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. The World Cup winning Spanish football side walked away with the ‘World Team of the Year’ trophy.
The ‘World Sportswoman of the Year’ award went to American alpine skiier Lindsey Vonn, who beat off competition from Belgian tennis ace Kim Clijsters, who won a second straight US Open and four other events last year, Serena Williams, and world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki among others.
Vonn had secured her third straight skiing World Cup and the Olympic Downhill gold medal last year. World number one Nadal — who completed a career slam last year by clinching the US Open, French Open and the Wimbledon to go with his 2009 Australian Open triumph — walked away with the top honours by pipping pre-awards favourites Messi and Iniesta. It was Nadal’s second after the Laureus Breakthrough Award in 2006.