Feb 8, 2011

Rafael Nadal wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award

Rafael Nadal won the top honour at this year's Laureus Sport Awards as he bagged the Sportsman of the Year title at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

What can I say besides being proud of Nadal for his first achievement this year!

Nadal arriving on the red carpet.

The winner of World Sportsman of the Year is announced!

Academy Member Boris Becker passes the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award to Nadal.

Nadal gives his speech after receiving his first Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award.

Nadal is the unanimous choice, chosen by 46 sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy.

The tennis ace beat off competition from footballers Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, boxer Manny Pacquiao and race car driver Sebastian Vettel.

Nadal plays table tennis with Kevin Spacey...

... and he's good at it!

Nadal received the honours for having an outstanding year during which he won the French Open, the Wimbledon and the US Open besides other titles.

The Spanish matador missed out to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt in his previous nomination in 2009.

Here's a great video of Nadal at the prestigious award show.

(Images by Getty Images via Zimbio)

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