Who Are The Most Famous Sportsmen Of All Time?
Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Tiger Woods are just some of the names in the conversation surrounding the greatest athlete of all time.
With so many disciplines and eras to weigh up, the question of sport’s overall greatest athlete of all time will always prove an impossible one, however that doesn’t make it any less fun for fans to discuss.
And with Tom Brady reportedly set to hang up his cleats as not only one of the finest American Football players in history, but one of the greatest athletes, period, the debate came to our minds once again.
So although it was difficult, we’ve put together a list – of what we feel – are the most famous sportsmen of all time.
Few sportsmen are well-known by their first names; however Nadia Comaneci is. This because she was such a household well-known name in her time. Discovered at only six years old, Comaneci was the first gymnast to ever attain a perfect score of 10 during the Olympic games.
A winner of many, many gold Olympic medals, her name is still closely associated with the perfect 10. Nadia holds the world record as the youngest Olympic gymnastics all-around champion, at the age of 14 – which is a feat that she will never be matched in, as the revised competition rules only allow over-16s to compete.
Who would have ever thought that one man would be able to take the sport of golf and then turn it into a sport more popular as opposed to hockey or soccer in the United States? Tiger Woods became a legend almost instantaneously after his arrival onto the pro golf circuit.
Arguably he is the most prolific golfer in history as Tiger won 14 major golf championships. He was dubbed PGA Player of the Year a total of nine times and attained four Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year honours. He attained the career Grand Slam by age 24.
Roger Federer is widely acknowledged to be one of the best men’s tennis player of all time. He is ranked in the top 10 since 2002, apart from between 2016 and 2017 when injury compelled him to withdraw from the season. The list of records which Federer holds is almost endless; however highlights include netting 20 Grand Slam singles titles, getting to each Grand Slam final at least five times and retaining the world no. 1 position for 310 weeks (successively for 237 weeks).
At the ‘tender’ age of 43, Brady recently netted his seventh Super Bowl ring. The win now means that he has more Super Bowl wins as opposed to any franchise in the NFL. Also, Brady has now won a Super Bowl in each of the past three decades. And he doesn’t seem to be hanging up his boots anytime soon! Even if you prefer NBA betting in the USA, any NFL game with Brady in it is one to wager on.
Now considered to be the Greatest player in Barcelona history, Messi signed up with his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys at the tender age of six-years-old. During the six years at their youth clubs, Messi scored nearly 500 goals which is a sign of things to come. Messi joined Spanish giants, Barcelona, at 13-years-old. Barca famously paid for Messi’s growth hormone treatment, something that hampered a move to River Plate.