The two stars received the same number of votes by the members of the Laureus Academy which means they share the prestigious award.
Messi is the first footballer to win the award and also the first from a team sport.
With World Championships and Ballon d'Ors between them, @LewisHamilton and Lionel Messi share the #Laureus20 World Sportsman of the Year award - a moment of sporting history!— Laureus (@LaureusSport) February 17, 2020
Congratulations guys!#SportUnitesUs pic.twitter.com/7akYcykux2
The trophy is yet another one to add to Messi’s collection and follows on from a year that saw him win a record sixth Ballon d’Or and claim La Liga yet again.
Messi wasn’t at the ceremony in Germany but offered his thanks via a video message which you can check out below: