Top 10 Athletes of the 20th CenturyParasN2000
The Top Ten
DESERVINGLY THE NUMBER 1.
In 1999, Pelé was elected as 'athlete of the Century by International Olympic Committe.
This obviously doesn't mean that he was the best, but the same is the title of this list.
I'm a sports fan for decades.
In the early 80s I saw the first NBA game informed that you can't see something more spectacular, especially if you see Julius Earving (he was there and Jabbar also).
But very soon after, I was amazed with someone definitely better.
Since the mid-80s none was like him: MICHAEL JORDAN.
Maradona is the 2nd (for me) best football player of all times and one of the greatest sports icons.
His career as a player was definitely great with both the clubs he played as also with his National team.
On the other hand, his general attitude was the reason for the two European clubs that he played during the 80s to sell him as unwanted: unbeleilevly bad behavior in Cup final playing with FC Barcelona, twice banned for cocaine use (later). But his non-athletic life had controversial facts also: an illegitimate son during his career in Italy, a lot of rumors for sexual orgies, close friendship with Fidel Castro and the detoxication in Cuba was reasons for multifarious comments around the world.
But we must not stay on those who limit the sign of a great star. And Maradona is one of the most shining.
Wilt Chamberlain was the greatest basketball player till MJ appeared.
Basketball is second most popular sport in the world.
What is Babe Ruth, Jim Brown and Wayne Gretzky doing in this top ten?
Their sports are played in no more than 80 countries (maximum, according to official sources). Baseball is not even an Olympic sport...(that's why Ruth is totally unknown outside the US-I never discussed with any person that knew him).
"ChamberlaiN"; just barely human.
Greatest European football player ever.
According to some experts, no one football player was so important for a team as Cruyff, regarding him as a coach within the lines.
I have seen playing and I think the are possibly right.
In 1993 was named the best athlete in all Soviet and Russian History.
One of the most accomplished athletes of all times.
The fastest woman of all times.
Her records in 100 and 200m remain unbroken and I think they will remain for a long more time...
One of the most accomplished athletes ever.
'The Pocket Hercules ' will remain unforgettable not only for his achievements but also for his personal style.
The Soviet gymnast took part in three Olympic Games (1956,1960,1964) and selected 18 medals, 9 of them gold.
The best long distance runner, 12 Olympic medals, 9 of them gold.
Most decorated male gymnast ever.
As his name wasn't registered before I did, THE AMERICANS OF THE TOP TENS SHOULD THANK ME FOR INTRODUCING TO THEM THEIR 3ND GREATER OLYMPIAN (after Phelps, Lewis).
Raymond "Ray" Clarence Ewry was an American track and field athlete who won 8 gold medals at the Olympic Games and two gold medals at the Intercalated Games. This puts him among the most successful Olympians of all time.
He took part in three Olympic Games (1900-1908) winning the standing long jump, triple jump and high jump in the first two and the standing long and high jump in the last one. He held the World Records in all three standing jumps, with the one in long jump till the international discontinue of the sports in the 1930s.
Ewry currently holds the record for the most Olympic medals with a 100% record - 8 individual golds.
Ewry's 8 Olympic gold medals in individual events, was the record, all alone, for 100 years and 23 days-from July 23, 1908, until Phelps won his 8th on August 15, 2008 and the 9th ...more
Greatest waterpolo player ever.
One of the the lesser known sports legends is the Hungarian Olivér Halassy. He was a water polo player (the best of the first half of 20th century) and freestyle swimmer who competed in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Summer Olympics.
Halassy lost his left foot after a childhood accident at the age of eight, and later became the first amputee swimmer to compete in the Olympics. He was a member of the Hungarian water polo teams that won one silver and two gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Halassy won three European water polo titles, in 1931, 1934, and 1938. He also became European champion in 1500 metres freestyle swimming in 1931, just hours after he helped his water polo team to victory.
He was killed by a Soviet soldier aged 37.
The Dutch sprinter lost the chance for a great Olympic collection of medals due to the WWII.
It's show time.
Regla Torres Herrera, known professionally as Regla Torres, is a retired Cuban volleyball player, superb middle blocker and hitter. She started playing with her National team aged 16, and became the youngest Olympic gold-medal winner in volleyball history in 1992 at the age of 17 at the Barcelona Olympic Games.
She won three consecutive gold Olympic medals (1992-2000) with the Cuban National team and two gold in World Championship (1994,1998) when she was also elected as MVP of the tournaments.
In 2001, she was recipient of the Best Player of the 20th Century award by the FIVB and was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame.
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2. Michael Jordan
3. Diego Maradona
2. Michael Jordan
3. Diego Maradona