A sports host was honored for her achievements at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards, Monday in Berlin, and Sportsmail & # 39; s photographer Andy Hooper was allowed exclusive behind-the-scenes access to capture the glitzy ceremony in all its glory.
Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and football superstar Lionel Messi shared the Laureus Sportsman of the Year. Hamilton, 35, a six-time world champion and Barcelona star Messi, 32, share the award for their 2019 performance.
This is the first time a footballer has won the award and also the first occasion in the event's 20-year history when the jury reached a binding decision.
Lewis Hamilton was crowned Laureus Sportsman of the Year – winning a title alongside Lionel Messi (who was not present)
Hamilton collected the prestigious award from former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at a glitzy bash on Monday night
In his speech, Hamilton acknowledged the responsibility of & # 39; top sports stars of & # 39; a world to push for greater diversity
The six-time, and current reigning, F1 champion also promised to take a lead in & # 39; fighting climate change
LAUREUS WORLD SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS 2020
SPORTSMAN: Lionel Messi and Lewis Hamilton
SPORTSWOMEN: Simone Biles
COME BACK: Sophia Floersch
PLOECH: South Africa Men's Rugby Team
SPORTS: Indian Men's Cricket Team
BREAKFAST: Egan Bernal
SPORTSPERSON With disabilities: Oksana Masters
SHARE SPORTSPERSON: Chloe Kim
ACADEMY OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: Spanish Basketball Federation
GOOD COUNT SPORTS: South Bronx United
LIFETIME PRESTATION AWARD: Dirk Nowitzki
& # 39; I am honored to be the first to win this award, a sportsperson who does not come from a team sport, & # 39; said Messi from Barcelona via a video message.
Hamilton who attended the event was honored with his distinction by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The British acknowledged the responsibility of & # 39; top sports stars of & # 39; a world to push for greater diversity
& # 39; Our sport has very little to no variety – it's a problem that we & # 39; re constantly facing, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It's all our responsibility to use our platforms for that: really pushing for gender equality, inclusiveness, really making sure we participate and represent where the world is today. & # 39;
The Mercedes driver also promised to continue to take a lead in the fight against climate change.
Hamilton sold its £ 25 million million jet last year and has declared its desire to be carbon neutral, despite accusations of hypocrisy, in order to successfully pursue a sixth world title for the driver.
& # 39; I am very aware of the effect we all have on & # 39; an environment that is such an important point today, & # 39; he added.
& # 39; I'm starting to make changes and trying to be part of & # 39; a solution instead of the problem, and try to encourage other people to follow in my footsteps to build a better world.
& # 39; We are in a very difficult and challenging time where we & # 39; jeopardize our future and our children's futures because of what we do to & # 39; e environment. & # 39;
Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles as he retains his crown in the new Formula One season which begins in Australia next month.
The & # 39; Rugby Union of South Africa team was honored with Team of the Year after winning & # 39; a Rugby World Cup
The Springboks, led by Siya Kolisi (front), convincing England with 32-12 in November
Faf de Klerk of scrum-half of South Africa was a constant thorn in England's side, to win South Africa a third Rugby World Cup
Springbys captain Kolisi fixes his ankle string on his injured left leg as his teammates enjoy a joke on the red carpet
South Africa beat Liverpool and US women's soccer team at the Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony
American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles, who won five titles at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart to lead her with a record 25 world gold medals, took home the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year award for the third time.
& # 39; It means the world to me, this is my third Laureus distinction and I am truly grateful, & # 39; said Biles in a video message.
South Africa, which won the Rugby World Cup of 2019, were named Team of the Year, beating Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and the US women's soccer team.
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was joined on stage by six South African teammates to collect the trophy.
& # 39; With this group of players, we came together for the love of the game with one goal and fought so hard for each other, & # 39; Kolisi told the audience in Berlin.
& # 39; We gave everything we had to win the trophy and hopefully inspire children for future generations. & # 39;
Sophia Floersch kicked off the & # 39; annual prize for racing at & # 39; the new Macau Grand Prix in November last year
It came a year after an accident on the same circuit left the German Formula Three driver with a spinal fracture
Barcelona legend Carles Puyol was on Monday attending the sporting fame for the Berlin bash
Puyol's former Barcelona teammate Luis Figo walked the red carpet next to his wife and Swedish model Helen Svedin
AC Milan and Holland icon Ruud Gullit was another one there – with the charismatic 57-year-old in a jovial mood on the red carpet
Gullit, who managed Chelsea in the 1990s, expresses himself behind the scenes at the Laureus World Sports Awards
The winner of Euro 1988 also takes a photo on the red carpet – as a fleet of sporting stars past and present descend on Berlin
Among the distinguished guests at the awards was former longman Arsenal manager Wenger
Former England, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus manager Fabio Capello talk to other guests before the event begins
Liverpool legend Ian Rush traveled to Berlin with his wife Tracey to pose for a photo behind a Nelson Mandela painting
Snowboarding sensation Chloe Kim, 19, won the Action Sportsperson Award after he won gold medals at the World Cup halfpipe and X Games super pipe.
Oksana Masters, who was born with limb limitation caused by Chernobyl radiation and later accepted into the US, won the Sportsperson with a Disability Award.
The 30-year-old won five gold medals and a silver at the world championship para nordic ski and also won the overall World Cup title.
She also won silver medals in & # 39; e road race and time trial H5 on & # 39; e para world championships for bikes.
Egan Bernal, 22, of Colombia, who became the youngest rider to win the Tour de France for 110 years, won the Breakthrough Award after winning & # 39; s top cycling match of & # 39; e world in what was only his second classic event of three weeks.
Boris Becker (center) won six Grand Slams during an impressive career – including three Wimbledons in 1985, 1986 and 1989
Following the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant last month, a board was set up for those who did not pay their respects. Four times Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson was among those who wrote on it. Bryant died in a helicopter crash with nine others in California – one of which included his daughter Gianna.
Great British Olympic legends Jessica Ennis-Hill and Daley Thompson were also invited on Monday for the glitzy spectacle
& # 39; I'm really happy, this is a great result for me in my career, & # 39; said the Colombian in a video.
German F3 driver Sophia Floersch kicked off the Comeback of the Year Award for racing again at the Macau Grand Prix in November last year, a year after an accident on the same circuit left her with a spinal fracture.
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar won the public vote for the Top Sporting Moment in the last 20 years for leading his country to victory on & # 39; a 2011 World Cup at the sixth attempt.
German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tanni Gray-Thompson, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals between 1992 and 2004, is interviewed by Gethin Jones
Former UK cycling stars Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendelton (right) dress elegantly for the annual event
Former Ireland rugby union captain Brian O. & # 39; Driscoll wore an all-black outfit offset by white trainers
Oksana Masters, born with limb limitation caused by Chernobyl radiation, won the Sportsperson with a Handicap Award
Team GB skateboarder Sky Brown (center) greets a friend on the red carpet just before the prestigious ceremony begins
The Japanese-born 11-year-old could become the youngest-ever gold medal winner at Tokyo 2020 this summer
Guests, both young and old, gathered behind the scenes in Berlin – including skateboarding legend Tony Hawks (center right)
Sporting superstars including Boris Becker, Ruud Gullit, Arsene Wenger and Carles Puyol were all present for the star-studded celebration.
The categories at the awards included the World Action Sportsperson of the Year, World Sportswoman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Sporting Moment of the Year, World Breakthrough of the Year, World Comeback of the Year, World Sportsman of the Year, World Sportsperson Of the Year with Disabilities, World Team of the Year, Sport at Good Price and Exceptional Achievement Award.
Founded in 1999, the awards recognize individuals and teams from the world of sports and their sporting achievements throughout the year, supporting the work of Laureus Sport for Good, which advocates for more than 160 community projects in over 40 countries around the world.
The organization seeks to harness the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage, and demonstrate that sport has the power to change the world.
After the withdrawal of Sharon Stone, British actor Hugh Grant stepped in on the late announcement to present the prize
Formula One great Hamilton listens to production staff before sharing the Sportsman of the Year with Messi
British sports presenter Amanda Davies prepares to go on stage for the & # 39; presentation of & # 39; e prices
Ukrainian-American Paralympic rower and cross-country skier Masters sings the mural at the event in Berlin
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