Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins ‘Best Male Athlete’ & ‘Best NBA Player’ At 2019 ESPY Awards

Greek-Nigerian, Giannis Antetokounmpo has been Named the ‘Best Male Athlete’ At the 2019 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Awards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 'Best Male Athlete' & 'Best NBA Player' At 2019 ESPY Awards

The awards recognize individual and team athletic achievements, as well as other sports-related performances.

It was the Greek-Nigerian player’s first time being nominated for Best Male Athlete, and he beat out four other nominees including Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and golf star Brooks Koepka to earn the win.

Antetokounmpo also scored a nomination at the ‘Best NBA Player’ for the second time in a row, but he also won in the category, which included James Harden, his biggest challenger for this year’s NBA MVP award., Kevin Durant and Paul George.

The 24-year-old athlete was all smiles when he took to the stage to accept the award for Best Male Athlete, jokingly referencing his heartfelt MVP speech and telling the audience: “this won’t be like the NBA speech, I’m not going to cry today.”

When you believe in your dreams, things like this can happen,” he added.

The annual ESPY Awards, established in 1993, recognize achievement in the sports world by honoring its best players across various fields. With his breakout performance in the league this year, it makes sense that
Antetokounmpo would receive not one but two of these prestigious awards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpowl was born in Greece to Nigerian parents, he began playing basketball for the youth teams of Filathlitikos in Athens. In 2011 he began playing for the club’s senior team. He declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft in 2013 and was selected 15th overall by the Bucks.

On August 1, 2015, Antetokounmpo played for Team Africa in the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game, representing Nigeria due to his parents being born there.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is currently the 75th highest-paid celebrity in the planet for 2019, according to Forbes. The “Greek-Nigerian” has earned an estimated sum of 43.2 million in 2019 so far making him the highest-paid European basketball player.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

In the beginning, Mulungu the creator is said to have formed a man and a woman in heaven before placing them on a rock in on earth, where it is said that their footprints, as well as the footprints of their animals, can still be seen today.

Bussa’s Rebellion of 1816, the Largest Slave Revolt in Barbadian History

The largest slave rebellion in Barbadian history took place during the Bussa uprising in April 1816. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born...

Top 10 Longest Serving Presidents in Africa, 2022

Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang is the longest serving president in Africa and the world. He is closely followed by Cameroons President Paul Biya.

Cornelius Frederiks: the Namibian Captain Who Was Locked Up in a Concentration Camp for Fighting Against German Colonialists

Cornelius Frederiks was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.

List of African Countries and Their Presidents (2022)

This is a list of African countries and their presidents, heads of state, heads of governments, and other rulers in the year 2022.

More Articles Like This