Messi, Haaland, Bellingham nominated for Laureus World Sports Awards

Lionel Messi, Jude Bellingham, and Erling Haaland have all been nominated ahead of the 25th Laureus World Sports Awards on April 22.

The nominations were unveiled on Monday in Madrid, Spain.

Messi, who won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award in 2023, will go head-to-head with Haaland this time around.

However, the two footballers have to see off competition from Novak Djokovic, Mondo Duplantis, Noah Lyles and Max Verstappen.

Haaland’s club Manchester City, who won the Treble last season, is up for the Laureus World Team of the Year award.

Other teams nominated include the European Ryder Cup team, the Springboks South African rugby team, Spain’s women’s football team, Germany’s men’s basketball team and the Oracle Red Bull Racing team.

Real Madrid midfielder, Jude Bellingham, has been nominated for the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award.

Bellingham has competition from Scottish middle distance runner Josh Kerr, talented tennis teenager Coco Gauff, Chinese swimmer Qin Haiyang and fellow footballers Linda Caicedo and Salma Paralluelo who impressed at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.