Best Athletes of the 1970s


The Top Ten

1 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.
2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.
3 Mark Spitz Mark Spitz Mark Andrew Spitz is an American former competitive swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events.

Good one, I did not expect to see him here - Ned964

4 Richard Petty
5 Ken Dryden
6 Carlos Monzon
7 Phil Esposito
8 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (1947-2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.
9 Vasily Alekseyev
10 Roger Staubach Roger Staubach Roger Thomas Staubach, nicknamed Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

The Contenders

11 Bjorn Borg
12 Nadia Comaneci Nadia Comaneci
13 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors.

A lot of world unknown athletes are included in this list.Franz should be in the top ten.

14 Bob McAdoo
15 Yurik Vardanyan

Yuri Norayrovich Vardanyan was a Soviet weightlifter of Armenian origin. Vardanyan won a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, becoming the world's first weightlifter to achieve a 400 kilogram total in the 82.5 kg weight category.
During his career (1976-1985) set 41 world records, holding all the records of his category (started lower, 75 kg) since 1976.
He earned the title Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR in 1977. Vardanyan had won 7 gold medals and one silver medal at the World Weightlifting Championships, putting him just in second on the all time medal count, behind the legend Vasily Alekseyev. He was multiple senior world record holder in total between 1978�"92.
Vardanyan is hailed as a hero in Armenia for his deeds in the sport of weightlifting. A stamp of Vardanyan was printed in 2010 in honor of him.

16 Nikolai Andrianov

The 3nd greatest Olympian after Phelps and Latynina.

17 Niki Lauda
18 Larry Robinson
19 Lasse Virén

4 gold Olympic medals in 5 and 10km.

20 Renate Stecher

The first woman who run the 100m (track and field) within 11 seconds, world and Olympic champion.

21 Giacomo Agostini

Giacomo Agostini is an Italian multi-time world champion Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He has an absolute record of 122 Grand Prix wins and 15 World Championships titles.

22 Tamás Faragó

Tamás Faragó is a former Hungarian water polo player, regarded as one of the greatest players of all times. He competed in all major international tournaments between 1970 and 1980 and won three medals at the Summer Olympics (gold 1976, silver 1972, bronze 1980) and five at the World and European championships. In the mid-1980s he played for German clubs. After retiring from competitions he became a water polo coach, guiding the Hungary's junior and women's national teams. In 1993 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

23 Eddy Merckx

The best professional road and track bicycle racer.

24 Gilbert Perreault
25 Rod Carew
26 George Brett
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