We understand that it is probably counter-intuitive to compare athletes from one sport with another, even if their comparative influences can be calculated. Consequently, this list is in no particular order.
Some people may oppose the choices of names we have decided to mention: since we all have our favorites, after all. But for the thorough control that they still hold over their sport, here are a few who we think are noteworthy:
Fans and followers of Raphael Nadal or Djokovic may come up several excuses as to why Federer doesn’t deserve the top spot. Keeping aside all the groupism and favoritism for a moment, it doesn’t seem completely unreasonable to say that there is no other player in the history of tennis who has managed to retain the first position for 237 weeks consecutively.
With his victory at Wimbledon 2003, he became the first Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title. Having earned a total of 19 grand slam singles titles, Federer is still calling the shots.
In July 2017, the tennis legend won a record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title and became the oldest men’s champion in the open era at the age of 35.
As it has been mentioned before, legends are made of firmer stuff than the typical.
Hence, this old fighter continues to give the newbies a run for their money.
Popularly known as the “Master Blaster”, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen on the Indian Cricket team. Tendulkar bowed out of the cricket arena in November 2013.
However, the legend left behind an unforgettable legacy, spanning over 24 years, which will forever be engraved in our hearts.
He holds the record for scoring the highest number of runs in international matches, which stands at a total of about 34,357 runs. He also happens to top most of the record lists of Tets and ODIs.
Tendulkar is the only player to have scored a 100 international centuries and the first batsman to hit a double century in an ODI. He has been the first and the youngest ever sportsman to have received the Bharat Ratna Award.
He has been through quite a few rough patches in his career, with critics attacking him with doubts about his potential, time and again. Tendulkar, nevertheless, surpassed all such attacks, and walked into each game with his head held high.
This boxing legend is worthy of some credit for making boxing known as a recognized sport across the world. He was granted the title of “Sports Personality of the Year” by the BBC, and “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated.
He won his first World Championship in the year 1964.
His career has faced many controversies, even after he had retired. Regardless of his image as a polarizing individual, he has managed to possess and exhibit nonconformist views on issues that go way beyond the boxing ring.
This highly influential sports personality of the 20th century had also been an Olympic Champion as well as the greatest heavyweight boxes in the history of the sport. He ruled the sport with his extraordinary athletic prowess and awesome personality.
The legend of the football arena, Lionel Messi has been there and done it all, be it Fifa World Player of the Year or UEFA Best Player in Europe award. He may have lost the title of the ‘Ballon d’Or’ to his opponent Christiano Ronaldo, for the year 2013, there’s no doubt that his name will definitely go down in the top of football legends around the world as one hell of an attacking player.
In 2012, he set a record for most goals in a year, and in 2016 he was named Europe’s ‘Ballon d’Or’ winner for the 5th time.
Known by many as the Fastest man on the face of earth, Usain Bolt, the legendary athlete. has set three world records at a single Olympics. he managed to complete a 100 m race in 9.69 seconds; a 200 m race in 19.30 seconds. He also holds the world record for 4×100 m relay.
The best Jamaican Athlete, Bolt has managed to conquer the world of athletics in a very short period of time. He has been awarded with the titles of IAAF World Athlete of the Year, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and many more such great titles and awards.
He also won 3 gold medals in the 2013 World Championships.
If you are an NBA fanatic, then the name Michael Jordan would definitely ring a bell in your head.
This former basketball player has gained the affection and respect of millions of basketball fans around the world. As stated by the National Basketball Association, “he is the greatest basketball player of all time.”
In his prime, he was solely responsible for launching the sport and his team Chicago Bulls to the peak of fame and glory.
He is fondly remembered as Air Jordan, because of his extraordinary ability to take huge leaps and scoring in abundance. He won his first NBA Championship with Chicago Bulls in 1991.