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Luka Modrić nominated for prestigious Laureus World Sports Award

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MONACO, 17 January 2019 – Croatian football captain Luka Modrić has a chance to create some more history after he was nominated today for the Laureus World Sports Award.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which is the world’s most prestigious international sports awards, honours individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year. 

Modrić has been nominated in the World Sportsman of the Year category and is the first Croatian ever to be nominated in that category. 

Croatian skier Janica Kostelić was nominated four times for the Laureus World Sports Awards and won the Sportswoman of the Year award in 2006. 

If Modrić wins, he will be the first footballer in history to win the award. On the shortlist of nominations for the World Sportsman of the Year with Modrić are tennis player Novak Djoković, racing car driver Lewis Hamilton, basketball player LeBron James, long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, and football Kylian Mbappe.  

The winners, which will be voted for by the 66 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed at the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco on 18 February 2019.

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

Novak Djoković (Serbia) Tennis

Lewis Hamilton (UK) Motor Racing

LeBron James (USA) Basketball

Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) Athletics

Kylian Mbappé (France) Football

Luka Modrić (Croatia) Football

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year

Simone Biles (USA) Gymnastics

Simona Halep (Romania) Tennis

Angelique Kerber (Germany) Tennis

Ester Ledecka (Czech Republic) Skiing / Snowboarding

Daniela Ryf (Switzerland) Ironman Triathlon

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) Skiing

Laureus World Team of the Year

European Ryder Cup Team – Golf

France Men’s Football Team

Golden State Warriors (USA) Basketball

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team (Germany)

Norway Winter Olympics Team

Real Madrid (Spain) Football

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year

Ana Carrasco (Spain) Motor Cycling

Sofia Goggia (Italy) Skiing

Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway) Athletics

Naomi Osaka (Japan) Tennis

Geraint Thomas (UK) Cycling

Briana Williams (Jamaica) Athletics

Laureus World Comeback of the Year

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan) Skating

Mark McMorris (Canada) Snowboarding

Bibian Mentel-Spee (Netherlands) Snowboarding

Vinesh Phogat (India) Wrestling

Lindsey Vonn (USA) Skiing

Tiger Woods (USA) Golf

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability

Henrieta Farkasova (Slovakia) Skiing

Diede de Groot (Netherlands) Wheelchair Tennis

Brian McKeever (Canada) Cross-country Skiing

Oksana Masters (USA) Cross-country Skiing

Grigorios Polychronidis (Greece) Boccia

Markus Rehm (Germany) Athletics

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year

Maya Gabeira (Brazil) Surfing

Anna Gasser (Austria) Snowboarding

Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) Surfing

Chloe Kim (USA) Snowboarding

Gabriel Medina (Brazil) Surfing

Shaun White (USA) Snowboarding

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