Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has been honored for his outstanding sporting achievements at the 2022 Laureus Sports Awards in Seville. Former German international Gerald Asamoah received an award for his fight against racism.
Lewandowski receives the exclusive award Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award He was honored after breaking the record held by Gerd Muller in the German League, and is one of the most historical achievements in football.
The Lewandowski Award, presented at a special request by the Laureus World Sports Academy, was announced during the 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards, which was revealed at a digital ceremony in Seville on Monday.
Gerald Asamoah and the extraordinary film “Schwarz Adler”, which documents the experiences of black players in German football, were also honoured. Asamoah, who played 43 matches for the German national team between 2001 and 2006, is committed to fighting racism and won an award Laureus Sports Counsel General Award excellent.
Tom Brady Lifetime Achievement Award
Other award winners include Max Verstappen, who won after his big win in the Formula 1 World Championship last year The best athlete in the world in Laureus Jamaican Olympic sprinter Elaine Thompson-Hera, Italian men’s soccer team, tennis players Emma Raducano and Marcel Haug, who won four gold medals at the Paralympics.
NFL quarterback Tom Brady received the nickname Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for this award,” Lewandowski said. “It really means a lot to me to be recognized and appreciated by such amazing people, athletes and legends from all over the sporting world. It has a very special meaning to me as an athlete and as a person.”
Bayern coach Nagelsmann praises Lewandowski as ‘a role model’
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann congratulated his player on the award, saying: “It is well deserved. You are the best striker in the world. You score a lot of goals every year and help us achieve our big goals. Robert is exceptional on the pitch and very hungry to improve every day.”
Only last Saturday, Lewandowski, with his 33rd goal of the season, helped Bayern Munich secure their 10th consecutive title.
“But with Robert it’s not just about his performance, it’s also about his social commitment off the field. He’s a role model,” Nagelsmann said.
Gerald Asamoah: ‘We still have a long way to go’
“I am very proud on behalf of my Black Eagles team,” Asamoah said at the award ceremony. “It gives me great pleasure to do the work I do. We still have a long way to go but we are still fighting racism.” “I hope we can do that. Never stop fighting racism.”
The feature film “Schwarze Adler” allows the black players of the German national soccer team, including Asamoah, to tell their personal stories. Accompanied by rarely seen archive photos, director Torsten Körner lets different generations of gamers have their say.
“Schwarze Adler” has already received many awards
The film also highlights how viewers, media and German society have dealt with the issue of racism – and how that approach has slowly changed, from today’s perspective, over the past few decades. The film has already won several awards (German Television Award and Grimme Award) and helped change the perspective of sports.
Born in Ghana, Asamoah launched awareness campaigns in schools and spoke out against racism. In June 2020, he joined the group of players and board members from across the Bundesliga in response to the global protests following the killing of George Floyd.
“I will work even harder to go to schools and teach young people that we are all equal,” Asamoah said. In January 2016, he was awarded the 2015 FIFA Fair Play on behalf of football organizations and clubs around the world for his commitment to supporting refugees in conflict situations.
Laureus Sports Awards: a glimpse of all the award winners
- Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Awards: Max Verstappen
- Laureus World Athletic of the Year Award: Eileen Thompson-Herrah
- Laureus World Team of the Year AwardItaly men’s national football team
- Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award: Emma Raducano
- Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award: Sky Brown
- Laureus World Sports Award of the Year Disability Award Winner: marcel hug
- Laureus Award for Best Athlete in the World: Bethany Shriver
- Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Brady
- Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award: Robert Lewandowski
- Laureus Sports ICON Award: Valentino Rossi
- Laureus Sports Award for the Best: Lost Boyz Inc.
- Laureus Sports for Good Society Award: Real Madrid Foundation
- Laureus Athletic Solicitor General Award: Gerald Asamoah and “Black Eagles”