Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

The Laureus World Sports Awards are presented annually to sports men and women who have been outstanding in sport during the previous year.

For example, the 2017 award is for outstanding achievement in the 2016 calendar year.

Below are the winners of the men's award since the first was given in 2000. There have been several multiple winners, with Roger Federer with the most with five wins, Usain Bolt and Novak Djokovic have four. If this award was given prior to 2000, no doubt that Tiger Woods would have won a few more.

Winners List

year winner other nominees
2019

Novak Djokovic
(Serbia)
Tennis

Mo Farah, athletics
Chris Froome, cycling
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Rafael Nadal, tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo, football
2018 Roger Federer
(Swizerland)
Tennis
Mo Farah, athletics
Chris Froome, cycling
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Rafael Nadal, tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo, football
2017 Usain Bolt
(Jamaica)
Athletics
Stephen Curry, Basketball
Mo Farah, Athletics
LeBron James, Basketball
Andy Murray, Tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo, Football
2016 Novak Djokovic
(Serbia)
Tennis
Usain Bolt, Athletics
Stephen Curry, Basketball
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Lionel Messi, Football
Jordan Spieth, Golf
2015 Novak Djokovic
(Serbia)
Tennis
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One
Renaud Lavillenie, Athletics
Marc Márquez, Motorcycling
Rory McIlroy, Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo, Football
2014 Sebastian Vettel
(Germany)
Formula 1
Usain Bolt, Athletics
Mo Farah, Athletics
LeBron James, Basketball
Rafael Nadal, Tennis
Cristiano Ronaldo, Football
2013 Usain Bolt
(Jamaica)
Athletics

Bradley Wiggins, Cycling
Lionel Messi, Football
Michael Phelps, Swimming
Mo Farah, Athletics
Sebastian Vettel, Formula One

2012 Novak Djokovic
(Serbia)
Tennis
Usain Bolt Athletics
Cadel Evans Cycling
Lionel Messi Football/Soccer
Dirk Nowitzki Basketball
Sebastian Vettel Formula One
2011 Rafael Nadal
(Spain)
Tennis
Kobe Bryant Basketball
Andres Iniesta Football/Soccer
Lionel Messi Football/Soccer
Manny Pacquiao Boxing
Sebastian Vettel Formula One
2010 Usain Bolt
(Jamaica)
Athletics
Kenenisa Bekele
Alberto Contador
Roger Federer
Lionel Messi
Valentino Rossi
2009 Usain Bolt
(Jamaica)
Athletics
Lewis Hamilton Formula One
Rafael Nadal Tennis
Michael Phelps Swimming
Cristiano Ronaldo Football/Soccer
Valentino Rossi Motorcycling
2008 Roger Federer
(Swizerland)
Tennis
Tyson Gay Athletics
Kaká Football/Soccer
Michael Phelps Swimming
Kimi Räikkönen Formula One
Tiger Woods Golf
2007 Roger Federer
(Swizerland)
Tennis
Fernando Alonso Formula One
Fabio Cannavaro Football/Soccer
Asafa Powell Athletics
Michael Schumacher Formula One
Tiger Woods Golf
2006 Roger Federer
(Swizerland)
Tennis
Fernando Alonso Formula One
Lance Armstrong Cycling
Ronaldinho Football/Soccer
Valentino Rossi Motorcycling
Tiger Woods Golf
2005 Roger Federer
(Swizerland)
Tennis
Lance Armstrong Cycling
Hicham El Guerrouj Athletics
Michael Phelps Swimming
Valentino Rossi Motorcycling
Michael Schumacher Formula One
2004 Michael Schumacher
(Germany)
Formula One
Lance Armstrong Cycling
Roger Federer Tennis
Michael Phelps Swimming
Valentino Rossi Motorcycling
Jonny Wilkinson Rugby Union
2003 Lance Armstrong
(USA)
Cycling
Ole Einar Bjørndalen Biathlon
Ronaldo Football/Soccer
Michael Schumacher Formula One
Tiger Woods Golf
2002 Michael Schumacher
(Germany)
Formula One
Lance Armstrong Cycling
Maurice Greene Athletics
Ian Thorpe Swimming
Tiger Woods Golf
2001 Tiger Woods
(USA)
Golf
Steve Redgrave Rowing
Michael Schumacher Formula One
Ian Thorpe Swimming
Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming
2000 Tiger Woods
(USA)
Golf
Andre Agassi Tennis
Maurice Greene Athletics

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most.

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