New Delhi: Lionel Messi beats a hosts of international sports super-stars to win the Best International Athlete Award at the 2015 ESPY on Wednesday.
The Barcelona and Argentine foreward trumped the likes of Novak Djokovic - men's top-ranked tennis player who recently defended the Wimbledon title, Lewis Hamilton - the reigning Formula One champion, 17-year-old golf sensation Lydia Ko - youngest ever world number one, and Cristiano Ronaldo - the prolific Portugal and Real Madrid winger for the award.
The award is given to the best non- United States player to honour their sporting achievements. Messi has won the award in 2012 too. Some of the previous winners of the award includes are tennis maestro Roger Federer (2007), sprint king Usain Bolt (2009, 2013), Cristiano Ronaldo (2014).
In a spectacular 2014-15 season, Messi completed his second career treble with Catalan giants Barcelona, winning La Liga, Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League trophies. He, however, failed to replicate the club form, and settled with the runners-up trophy at the 2015 Copa America.
Following are the winners in other categories:
Best Male Athlete - Stephen Curry of NBA champions Golden State Warriors Award
Best Female Athlete - MMA fighter Ronda Rousey
Best Championship Performance - LeBron James of Cleaveland Cavaliers, in the NBA Finals
Best Breakthrough Athlete - Mo'ne Davis, Little League Baseball
Best Record-Breaking Performance - Peyton Manning of Denver Broncos
Best Upset - Ole Miss over Alabama in College football
Best Game - Super Bowl XLIX between Patriots vs Seahawks
Best Team - US Wome's soccer team, which won the recent FIFA Women's World Cup
Best Coach/Manager - Steve Kerr of Golden State Warriors
Best Comeback Athlete - Rob Gronkowski of New England Patriots