There’s a lot of rankings, lists, and information when it comes to the greatest athletes in history. Each of them stands out with their titles, medals and achievements.
Each sport has outstanding athletes who have won many awards and medals or set world records. In this article, we’re going to tell you about some of the best athletes of all time in history that everyone knows for sure.
Top Ten Athletes in History
Of course, we’ll skip a lot of them on this list, but we’ll try to bring together the ten best athletes of all time to give them the recognition they deserve:
1. Roger Federer – Tennis
It is this Swiss tennis player who has won the most Grand Slam tournaments – he has won 20 tournaments so far and is still active. He also held the first place for the longest time on the ATP Tour . Federer’s professional story – you can see him in the first photo in our article – began in 1998. It also has a versatile play style that helps it adapt to all surfaces.
2. Muhammad Ali – Boxing: Top Athletes
Born in the United States under the name Cassius Clay, this boxer is considered the greatest boxer of all time. He is also known for his fight against the inequality that African Americans face. Using a traditional boxing technique, Muhammad Ali won 56 of his 61 fights with 37 knockouts.
3. Michael Jordan – Basketball
Born in the USA, Jordan is another of the best athletes in the world. This former basketball player has won six championships with the Chicago Bulls and averages 30 points per game. In addition, Michael Jordan was selected to the NBA’s best five in 10 seasons. He also won two Olympic medals (Los Angeles ’84 and Barcelona ’92).
4. Lionel Messi – Football
Although Messi is for many people the best football player in the world, there are still those who think Pele or Maradona are better. Also, a player of FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, the Argentinean has won the Ballon d’Or five times, won 34 titles with the Catalan team and scored many goals in one season.
5. Usain Bolt – Running: Top Footballers
This Jamaican athlete has taken us all by surprise with his speed and skill. Bolt has won eleven world championships and eight Olympic medals.
It is also known as the “lightning bolt” because it even broke its own records in the 100 and 200 meter races. In addition, he is one of the few athletes to have won in the children’s and youth divisions. Usain Bolt retired in 2017, just days before his 31st birthday.
6. Michael Schumacher – Motorsport
The former German driver is the most successful in Formula 1, winning seven world championships between 1994 and 2004 (two with Benetton and five with Ferrari). He has also been runner-up twice, amassing 91 wins and 155 podiums. In fact, he is the highest rated driver in F1 history. He retired in 2006.
7. Michael Phelps – Swimming
The “Baltimore Shark” gets its name from its birthplace – he is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history: he has 28 medals (23 golds) to be exact, as well as several records. He is considered the best swimmer of all time . He retired in 2016.
8. Nadia Comaneci – Gymnastics: Top Athletes
Everyone knows her as the “perfect girl” and she is the only female athlete on this list. The former Russian gymnast has won nine Olympic medals – five golds – and was the first to score 10 points in the 1976 Montreal Olympics selection… and she was just 14 years old when she did it! Nadia Comaneci retired in 1981 at the age of 20.
9. Tiger Woods – Golf
Woods is another of the best athletes in history, which we cannot leave out of this list. Born in California in 1975, he is considered one of the best golfers in the world, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. He has also won 81 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 40 on the European Tour.
10. Valentino Rossi – Motorcycle
The last of the top athletes on the list is this Italian, who has won nine world titles in the 125cc, 250cc and 500cc categories. In addition, he is the greatest champion of MotoGP .
He has joined three teams during his career: Honda, Ducati and Yamaha (the latter since 2013). He is also the motorcyclist with the most podiums (229) and the most wins (89) in his career, and his career is still unfinished.
Finally, other athletes who could join the list of the greatest athletes in history include football players Diego Maradona and Pele, tennis players Rafael Nadal, basketball players LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, and tennis players Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams. Can you think of any other athletes we could add?
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