Ronaldo battles Djokovic for Laureus award

The 30-year-old faces competition from the tennis star, Rory Mcllroy, Lewis Hamilton and three other sporting icons to be named Athlete of the Year

Fresh from winning the Ballon d’Or last month, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has now been nominated for the Laureus Athlete of the Year award.

The 30-year-old faces competition from Australian Open winner and world No.1 tennis star Novak Djokovic, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, golf ace Rory Mcllroy, MotoGP star Marc Marquez and French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie for the prize.

Ronaldo’s Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez is a leading contender to land the Newcomer of the Year trophy and will battle it out with Bayern Munich and Germany attacker Mario Gotze, US Open champion Marin Cilic, Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and Switzerland’s Davis Cup team.

Former Argentina striker Diego Milito features in the Best Return category following his recovery from a serious knee injury to star for Racing Club in his homeland and there is also a nomination for Sassulo and Italy defender Francesco Acerbi, who is a notable inclusion having twice beaten cancer before resuming his playing career.

The Laureus World Sport Awards will be held in Shanghai on April 15.

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