Brazil's Confederations Cup victory has earned them a nod in the Team of the Year category while Ronaldinho is also in line for a prizeBrazil have been nominated for a prestigious Laureus Award, known as the Oscars of the sports world.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side have been named among those in contention for the Team of the year prize, alongside Bayern Munich, the New Zeland rugby team, the NBA’s Miami heat, Tennis twins Mike and Bob Bryan and the Red Bull Formula 1 team.
The Selecao have been recognised for their Confederations Cup achievement and will be hoping for their second gong having previously picked up the award in 2003.
The prize is “awarded to the team that best demonstrates supreme performance and achievements - such as world, continental, international or national and major championship titles,” say Laureus.
“The team of the year could represent a country, a province, a county, a state, a professional sporting body, franchise or club.”
Former Brazil international Ronaldinho was also among the nominees. The 33-year-old has is in line for the Comeback award after he helped Atletico Mineiro to the Copa Libertadores. He will be hoping to become the second brazilian to claim the prize after Ronaldo took the gong in 2003 after overcoming a serious knee injury to finish as the top goalscorer of World Cup 2002.
“I have never seen such a potentially close contest in so many categories before. This is going to be a classic year,” said Laureus World Sports Academy Chairman Edwin Moses.
The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday March 26.