Top Ten Most Accomplished Athletes of All-Time2storm These are athletes that have set the bar high for present day players and whose records and milestones may never be reached.
The Top Ten
He has so many rings - 2storm
Heaps of rings
This list is one of the most distinguished in the top tens.
The answer to the question who are the most accomplished athletes and especially who deserves the number 1 is very difficult. After decades of been a sports fan, I think that the answers should be given more than a decade after the end of an athlete's career.
Usain Bolt improved the world records a lot but his main achievement is the 6 individual Olympic medals. He's definitely among the best but I can't say that he deserves the number 1. I have no answer to this question.
He has what is it 6 gold medals - 2storm
So many Olympics - 2storm
He accomplished so much he quit for a year - 2storm
He has accomplished a lot - 2storm
Unbelievable career - 2storm
Michael Jordan is the best player ever, but the records are mostly of Chamberlain.
So many records - 2storm
The triple double king he won MVPS and everything - 2storm
Florence Griffith - Joyner is regarded the fastest woman of all times.
In 1988 USA Olympic trials she broke the world record of 100 meters by 0.27 seconds and in same years' Olympics the world record of 200m by 0.37 seconds. She won 3 gold and one silver medal in 1988 Olympics. She also won a silver medal in 1984 Olympics.
Her world records still stand.They aren't the longest lived (J. Kratochvilova, 800m since 1983), but if there is a record of track and field that will stand for half a century, it will be her one of 100m (10.49).
She is forgotten. I'm surprised of she's not even in the list with the greatest athletes of all time (a lot of great athletes of the past even isn't there or lost in unbelievably low positions).
Vasily Ivanovich Alekseyev was a Soviet weightlifter who won gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics and 20 gold medals in World Championships. The 6'1 350 pounds athlete of the super heavyweight category was the first man to clean and jerk 500 pounds (227 kg).He was unbeaten and held the World Championship and European Championship titles for eight years (1970-1977). He was the first man to total over 600 kg in the triple event. He was voted as "The Greatest Sportsman" of the Soviet History.
What makes him accomplished is the number of the world records he set : 80 (! ). He is the greatest recordbreaker of all sports and all times. He received bonus funds every time he set a world record by the Soviet Union.To understand how incredible is this number you have to know that the greatest Olympian Michael Phelps set 39 world records.
Alekseyev was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated 14 April 1975, titled "World's Strongest Man".
Gerhard "Gerd" Müller is a German retired footballer. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, especially in and around the six-yard box (penalty box), he is regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers of all time. According to RSSSF, he's 5th with a total of 735 goals in official matches. He mostly played for Bayern M. and the W. Germany National team.
What makes him unique is that he won all tophies and all the top scorer titles of any competition he played: 7 times top division scorer, 3 times top
scorer of the National Cup, 4 times top scorer of European Champions Cup, top scorer of the Euro Cup 1972, top scorer of the World Cup 1970. I'm intrested in goalscoring statistics for at least two decades. There's no other player with this achievement.
Additionaly, he's still the top scorer of Bundesliga and the DFK-Pokal by far and I think he will remain for a lot more decades.
"Der Bomber" was elected 13th player of the 20th century in IFFHS elections.
The 'King' won 3 World Cups.
Some people say that this happened as he is Brazilian.
But he's the only Brazilian who managed to do so.
Ferenc Puskás was one of the greatest football icons of all times, as he managed to be not only a great leader but also a prolific scorer. He made two important world records:the first was as the top National teams scorer of the world with 84 goals, a record that stood for 50 years and the second one as the first top division goalscorer ever (514 goals since 1966).The second one still stands and is quite impossible to be broken in future.
FIFA Puskás Award is annualy awarded to the player who has scored the "most beautiful goal" over the past year.
A freak of nature and he still did his dreams of bringing a title to Cleveland - 2storm
May be a jerk, but he is still accomplished. - 2storm
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