World Marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was pitted against legendary footballer, Barcelona's Lionel Messi, for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year. Liverpool are in the running after clinching the Champions League crown; the US Women's Football Team won the Women's World Cup; Mercedes won the Formula One constructors' title; the Toronto Raptors became the first Canadian team to win the NBA Championship; and Spain's men's team ruled at the Basketball World Cup.
Naomi Osaka is nominated for Sportswoman of the Year, with Simone Biles, Allyson Felix, Megan Rapinoe, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Mikaela Shiffrin.
The Reds are shortlisted for Team of the Year after winning the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in addition to going unbeaten for nearly 12 months in the Premier League in 2019.
Having won the BBC Sports Personality's World Sport Star of the Year award a month ago, the marathoner will now be hoping to add another title to his cabinet when he comes up against five other sportsmen for the Laureus20 World Sports award.
The world of motorsport will also be represented by German driver Sophia Flörsch, nominated in the "Comeback of the Year" category for her recovery after her horrendous Macau GP crash in 2018.
The nominees for the 20th Anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards were announced on Wednesday, and feature a number of tennis stars.
Also nominated are 19-year-old German Formula 3 driver Sophia Flörsch, who returned to racing after her auto hit a fence at 170mph during a race in 2018, Australian rugby star Christian Lealiifano, who returned to represent his country in the Rugby World Cup after battling leukemia, basketball star Kawhi Leonard, who overcame injury to help the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Championship and United States swimmer Nathan Adrian who recovered from testicular cancer to win his 15th and 16th world titles.
Six of the highest achieving para-athletes make up the nominees for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, which includes Cuba's Omara Durand, the world's fastest female Paralympian in 2019, and USA skier and cyclist Oksana Masters, born with deformities caused by radiation from Chernobyl.
Alice Tai, who picked up seven gold medals at the Para Swimming World Championships, completes the list of British nominations in the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability category.
The Champions League winners and runaway Premier League leaders are shortlisted for Team of the Year and Comeback of the Year at the February 17 event.