Laureus awards honour Djokovic and Bonmati in glittering ceremony

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic and his wife

23rd April 2024 – (Madrid) At the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards held on Monday, Spain’s Aitana Bonmati and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic topped the accolades, winning the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year respectively. The ceremony, a high point in the global sports calendar, celebrated remarkable achievements across various disciplines.

Aitana Bonmati, a pivotal figure in women’s football, received her award after a year of unparalleled success. Bonmati has not only secured the FIFA’s The Best and Ballon d’Or titles but also played a crucial role in Spain winning the World Cup, where she was named the MVP. Her stellar performance further elevated her status as she ascended the stage a second time with her teammates as the Spanish women’s football team was heralded as the Team of the Year — a historic first for a female team.

On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic continued to dominate the tennis world, capturing his fifth Laureus award. The accolade was presented by none other than Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion. Djokovic, who spent 2023 rewriting the history books, matched Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles with his victory at the U.S. Open in September. His consistent excellence saw him reach the finals in all four major tournaments of the year, clinching titles at the Australian and French Opens and finishing as the runner-up at Wimbledon.

Emerging as a force to be reckoned with in Spanish football, England’s Jude Bellingham received the Breakthrough Player of the Year award. His debut season with Real Madrid has been nothing short of sensational, marking him as the first footballer ever to win this recognition.

The Laureus Awards, established in 2000, are determined through a rigorous process involving global media nominations and selections made by the 69 esteemed members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Other notable winners included Simone Biles, who made a triumphant return to win the World Comeback of the Year, and Diede de Groot, who was honoured as the World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. In the realm of action sports, Arisa Trew captured the World Action Sportsperson of the Year award.

The ceremony also recognised the Rafa Nadal Foundation with the Laureus Sport for Good award, celebrating its significant contributions to empowering young individuals through sports.