Sandro Rosell with Laureus award

The Laureus World Team of the Year goes to ... FC Barcelona. The team lead by Josep Guardiola was named the Laureus World Team of the Year on Monday night for in London after the Catalan Club's near impeccable 2011 run where they claimed the League, Champions League, Spanish and European Super Cups and Club World Cup.

The Laureus World Sports Academy picked Barça ahead of the NBA champions, the Dallas Mavericks; the Formula 1 team Red Bull; the New Zealand’s All Blacks, world champions; the English national cricket side, reining The Ashes champions; and the Japanese Women’s football team, also world champions.

President Sandro Rosell and Vice-President Carles Viarrubí attended the gala, which was held at the Westminster Central Hall in London. The Laureus awards are considered to be the ‘Oscars of sports.’

Messi and Abidal, nominated

This wasn’t the only prize that Barça was vying for tonight. Messi was one of the six nominees for the World Sportsman of the Year and Éric Abidal is in the running for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.

List of champions

2011
Spain's national football side
2010
Brawn GP (Formula 1)
2009
Chinese Olympic team
2008
South Africa's national rugby team
2007
Italy's national football team
2006
Renault (Formula 1)
2005
Greek's national football side
2004
England's national rugby side
2003
Brazil's national football side
2002
Australia's national cricket side
2001
France's national football side
2000
Manchester United