In a stunning turn of events, the Laureus Awards in Paris on Monday night granted Christian Eriksen, the Manchester United midfielder and Danish international, the highly coveted award of Comeback of the Year. The award is a tribute to his unwavering spirit and determination to return to the game he loves following a significant health scare during the Euro 2020 game against Finland. Eriksen, a much respected and admired footballer, has over 120 caps for Denmark, most recently playing in the FIFA World Cup in December and has started over 30 games at United this season. It is mind-boggling to think that after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch, Eriksen was resuscitated on the pitch and later fitted with an implantable defibrillator, yet managed to make a triumphant return to football in January 2022 when he was playing for Brentford.
In another impressive feat, the Argentinian men’s football team emerged victorious as World Team of the Year, with the likes of Man Utd defender Lisandro Martinez and PSG striker Leo Messi making their mark. Messi also took home the individual award for World Sportsman of the Year, a testament to his legacy in the sport.
The Laureus Awards also recognized other notable winners, which included track star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who became the oldest sprinter to become world champion at 35 and won World Sportswoman of the Year. Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest ever men’s world No.1 in tennis, won the Breakthrough of the Year award at only 19 years, 4 months, and 6 days, making him the first teenager to top the men’s rankings in the Open Era. The entire event was a display of sheer talent and passion for sport.