Rafael Nadal and the Spanish national soccer team took home yet another prize.
The top-ranked Nadal, who won three Grand Slam tennis titles in 2010, won the Laureus Sports Award. He got bumped out of the Australian Open last month, failing to win his fourth Grand Slam in a row, or his so-called "Rafa Slam."
Soccer players Andrés Iniesta and Lionel Messi were also in the running.
Lindsey Vonn, the gold medalist in the women's downhill at the Vancouver Olympics and winner of a third consecutive overall World Cup title, took the sportswoman's award. High jumper Blanka Vlasic and tennis players Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki were among the other nominees.
French soccer great Zinedine Zidane won the lifetime achievement award and American surfer Kelly Slater was the action sportsperson of the year. Italy's seven-time motorcycle world champion Valentino Rossi took the comeback of the year award after he returned to MotoGP just 41 days after breaking his leg.
The winners are chosen by 46 sports stars who make up the Laureus sports academy.
Proceeds from the awards ceremony benefit the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports 83 community sports projects around the world.
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.