Lionel Messi congratulates Rafael Nadal for winning 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

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Lionel Messi congratulates Rafael Nadal for winning 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award
Lionel Messi congratulates Rafael Nadal for winning 2021 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

The legendary tennis player, Rafael Nadal was awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award  after the Spaniard’s successful tennis season. Following his achievement, many famous personalities applauded and congratulate him. Lionel Messi also congratulate him on the achievement.

Rafael Nadal won the prestigious award for the second time in his illustrious career. The 20-time Grand Slam champion last claimed the prestigious award in 2011 and was a nominee in 2009, 2014, 2018 and 2020. The other nominees this year were :

  • Joshua Cheptegei
  • Armand Duplantis
  • Lewis Hamilton
  • LeBron James
  • Robert Lewandowski

The message of Lionel Messi reserves a special place in the messages of congratulations because 20-time Grand Slam champion, Rafael Nadal is a die hard Real Madrid supporter. Nadal has often been seen with president Florentino Perez and the players. Although he believes that the Argentine is one of the best players in history. Nadal has previously mentioned that he would love to bring the six-time Ballon d’Or winner over to Real Madrid.

“Hi Rafa. I just wanted to congratulate you on this award which is obviously more than deserved,” Lionel Messi said. “I would also like to say that you are an example to everyone because of your hard work, your perseverance and for being at the highest level for so many years. And I wanted to send you warm regards.”

Lionel Messi has himself won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award on only the one occasion till date. He won it in 2020.