Award double for golfers
Northern Irish golfer Darren Clarke was awarded the Laurens comeback of the year award for winning the Open Championship at the age of 42, and compatriot Rory McIlroy won the breakthrough of the year gong after lifting the US Open.
Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic added to his ever-growing trophy cabinet by winning the world sportsman of the year award at a glittering ceremony in London.
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was given the lifetime achievement award and 'Blade Runner' athlete Oscar Pistorius won the Laureus disability award after becoming the first amputee to win a track medal in a non-disabled World Championships - a silver in the 4x400metre relay.
Champions League winners Barcelona were named Laureus team of the year while Kenyan long-distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot took home the sportswoman of the year award.