The Award for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year was awarded to Ronaldo. He was written off as finished with a knee injury and then came rolling back to shoot Brazil to the 2002 World Cup.
On hand to present the award was Laureus World Sports Academy member Sergey Bubka, and fellow sportsman Serena Williams, Laura Harring and David Coulthard.
(Translated) "I don't speak English. I will speak in Italian, and I hope you understand this. I am really happy to receive this important award. I hope though, that this is the last time I suffer a major injury, and the last time I have to recover from something as serious as this. I am very happy, and thank you all who have voted for me. Thank you."