Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has been awarded the Laureus Sport Awards 2022 in Seville for its outstanding sporting achievements. A prize for his fight against racism received the former German international Gerald Asamoah.
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- Bayern coach Nagelsmann praises Lewandowski as a “model”
- Gerald Asamoah: “Have a long way to us”
- “black eagle” already awarded several times
- Laureus Sport Awards: All winners * inside overview
Lewandowski was awarded the exclusive Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award after he broke the longtime goal record of Gerd Müller in the Bundesliga, one of the most historical milestones in football.
Lewandowski’s award awarded at special request from Laureus World Sports Academy was announced in the framework of Laureus World Sports Awards 2022, which were revealed at a digital ceremony in Seville on Monday.
Gerald Asamoah and the exceptional film “Black Adler” were also honored, who documented the experiences of black players in German football. Asamoah, who played a 43 times for the German national team between 2001 and 2006, is committed to the fight against racism and was awarded the laureus athlete Advocate of the Year Award.
Tom Brady awarded for life’s work
The other winners include Max Stapen, which was appointed after his dramatic victory at the last year’s Formula 1 World Cup to the laureus World Sportsman of the Year, the Jamaican Olympic Printer Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Italian Men’s Football National Team, Tennis Sensation Emma Raducanu and Marcel Hug, who won four gold medals for the Paralympics.
NFL quarterback Tom Brady received for his unprecedented career in which he won the Super Bowl seven times, the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for the award,” Lewandowski said. “It really means a lot to be recognized and appreciated by such wonderful people, athletes and legends from around the world of sports. It has a very special meaning for me as a sportsman and as a human.”
Bayern coach Nagelsmann praises Lewandowski as a “model”
Bayern Munich’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann congratulated his player to the award: “That’s well-deserved. You are the best striker in the world. You shoot a lot of gates every year and help us to reach our great goals. Robert is exceptional on the course and very much Hungry to improve every day. “
Only last Saturday Lewandowski had helped with his 33rd season that FC Bayern also brought the tenth championship in a row under the roof and subject.
“But Robert is not just about his achievements, but also his social commitment away from the square. He is a role model,” said Nagelsmann.
Gerald Asamoah: “Have a long way to us”
“I’m very proud of my team of ‘black eagle’. It’s a pleasure to do the work I do. We still have a long way to us, but we still fight against racism,” said Asamoah in his award. “I hope we can do it. Never stop fighting against racism.”
The evening-filling film “Black Adler” leaves black players of the German football national team, including Asamoah, to tell their personal story. Accompanied by rarely shown archive images, director Torsten Körner has different generations of players to speak.
“black eagle” already awarded several times
The film also illuminates how spectators, media and the German society deal with racism – and how slowly changed from today’s perspective in recent decades. The film has already been awarded several times (German TV price and Grimme price) and has helped to change the view of the sport.
The asamoah born in Ghana has carried out reconnaissance campaigns in schools and pronounced against racism. In June 2020, he joined the group of players and board members from the entire Bundesliga, which responded to the world’s protests after murder of George Floyd.
“I’ll work harder to visit schools and teach young people, that we are all the same,” said Asamoah. In January 2016, in the name of football organizations and associations around the world, he received FIFA Fair Play Award 2015, as he used to support refugees in conflict situations.
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Laureus Sport Awards: All winners * inside overview
- Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award: Max Verstappen
- Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award : Elaine Thompson-Herah
- Laureus World Team of the Year Award : Italiens Fußballnationalmannschaft der Männer
* Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award : Emma Raducanu
* Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award : Sky Brown
* Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award: Marcel Hug
* Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year Award: Bethany Shriever
* Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Brady
* Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Robert Lewandowski
* Laureus Sporting Icon Award: Valentino Rossi
* Laureus Sport for Good Award : Lost Boyz Inc.
* Laureus Sport for Good Society Award: Real Madrid Foundation
* Laureus Athlete Advocate of the Year Award: Gerald Asamoah und “Schwarze Adler”