Over the years, the world has had the opportunity to witness some of the best sports athletes of all time. The following sports figure names have earned themselves legendary status over time.
1. Muhammad Ali
Perhaps one of the most celebrated sports personality of all times, Muhammad Ali set high standards for would-be boxers. His greatest quote that resonates throughout the world says “I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest.
Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.” Ali was the greatest boxer of his time. An Olympic winner and a seasoned heavyweight boxer, Ali’s prowess in boxing remained one of the most formidable personality in the 20th century.
Ali won his first boxing championship title in 1964 in what was the start of endless wins and greatness. He was named Sportsman of the Century in 1999 by Sports Illustrated followed by “Personality of the Year” by BBC. He was bestowed “Fighter of the Year” title by Ring Magazine cementing his place in history books.
His full name was Edison Arantes do Nascimento or simply Pele. Pele is arguably the best soccer player the world has seen. Pele is the only football player to be part of three winning World Cup teams playing for Brazil. He scored well over a thousand goals, 1281, to be specific in his illustrious careers. His world cup winning medals were won in 1958, 1962 and 1966.
His trophy collection and accomplishments include the best young player in the World Cup, Silver boot and ball in the 1958 FIFA World Cup and much more. Pele had a goal per game ratio and is the all-time Brazilian goal scorer, a feat that is still unmatched and probably won’t be broken.
3. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin remains the greatest batsmen the world has seen. He was part of the Indian Cricket team that won the 2011 world cup held in India. He is the only cricket player to have scored thirty thousand runs in his career and has participated in 200 test matches. He retired from cricket in 2013.
Early in his life, Sachin took on cricket at the age of 11 and went onto have a successful 24 year run in cricket. Among his achievements is the Bharat Ratna awards which are Indian’s highest civilian awards for his great sports career. He is the only player to score 100 international centuries and is still the only cricketer to score a double century in an international.
4. Michael Schumacher
The German is one of the greatest Formula One driver of all time. In 1995, Schumacher becomes the youngest world champion for the double formula one race. He was a Formula One champion for seven good years dating back to 1994 where he started off with Benetton and won two consecutive championships.
He would later move to Ferrari and won back to back titles from 2000-20014. For eleven years with Ferrari, Schumacher won an unprecedented five times. His honors included the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2002 and 2004 and the FIA Gold Medal for Motor Sports in 2006.
5. Usain Bolt – “Lightning Bolt”
Bolt has been called the fastest man on earth after clocking a world record time of 9.69 seconds in the 100-meter race at the Olympics. The Jamaican has had an illustrious career winning numerous medals in all international stages in a short span of time. He has been awarded World Athlete of the Year by IAAF, Overseas Sports Personality of the Year by BBC, World Sportsman of the Year by Laureus among much more.