This is also the first draw in the history of the awards, which has its 20th anniversary this year. After previously being nominated five times, Messi has finally got his hands on the prize.
The Barça striker succeeds Novak Djokovic, and won the award ahead of the likes of Rafael Nadal, Marc Márquez, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge and golfer Tiger Woods.
The new award serves to round off a successful 2019, along with the achievement of the Golden Shoe, the Ballon d'Or, The Best and the Pichichi.
In 2020, Messi has already reached his 500th victory with Barça, and currently leads the table for league goals and assists.