- Laureus20 World Sports Awards will have six sportsmen battle for the prize
- Barcelona star Messi, Nadal, Marquez are among the stars shortlisted for the award
- Tiger Woods, Kipchoge and Hamilton complete the list
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been shortlisted among six sportsmen to contend for this year's Sportsman of the year.
The Argentine forward who inspired the Catalans to Spanish League glory last campaign will battle the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Rafael Nadal at the Laureus20 World Sports Awards.
Eliud Kipchoge, Marc Marquez and Tiger Woods are the remaining stars included in the list of outstanding sportsmen for the outgone year.
Despite winning Serie A title last year, Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo was overlooked for the prestigious prize scheduled for February 17 in Berlin.
Messi may have failed to win the Champions League title last campaign, the 32-year-old crowned the outgone year with two major individual awards.
He beat the Portuguese and Virgil van Dijk to win FIFA The Best Award as well as the 2019 edition of Ballon d'Or.
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The Argentine has continued from where he stopped last year having scored 13 goals and six assists in 14 La Liga matches so far this campaign.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has threatened to leave Barcelona should the club fail to bring an alternative solution to the recent crisis bedeviling it.
The Argentine hitman has been a messianic figure for the Catalans since the beginning of the campaign but was unable to replicate his brilliance as Barcelona were disgracefully outsmarted by Espanyol.
Barcelona also surrendered an early lead to suffer a 3-2 Super Cup defeat to league rivals Atletico Madrid in Jeddah, in what appeared to be the last stroke that broke the camel's back.
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