Greatest Athletes of All TimeThis is not a list of the greatest players of all time, although many of the athletes on the list may have been great players. This is a list of the greatest athletes which begs the question, what makes someone a great athlete. For the purpose of this list, athletic greatness is defined as possessing a variety of attributes that contribute to athletic prowess. These include speed, quickness, endurance, power and hand-eye coordination. That is why this list does not include specialized athletes such as marathon runners or bicyclists. While it is clear that Lance Armstrong is a master in his field, he has not proven that he could compete in other sports where more is required than pumping his thighs for hours on end.
The Top Ten Greatest Athletes of All Time
There may be a very few human beings that could keep up athletically with MJ (Bo Jackson, Carl Lewis etc. )... There are a very few human beings that might keep up with MJ's skill, coordination, and grace (Kobe Bryant, Zinedine, Roger Federer)... There are even fewer who might be able to match his mental game and competitiveness (Tiger woods, Larry Bird)... But there is no one- NO ONE-who has ever possessed all of these qualities on the level that MJ did. The Greatest Athlete that ever lived... Without a shadow of a doubt... Its Michael Jordan.
MJ is the best! There will never be another Michael Jordan. He is without doubt the greatest athlete of all time!
Mj reinvented basketball. If it wasn't for MJ, many moves, dunks, and styles wouldn't exist
Yeah, other athletes like Muhammed Ali, Nadal, Federer, Gretzky, and others are legends. I like them too; they're true, big inspirations to us. I also favor them. But, what makes Michael great though is he NEVER gave up, he ALWAYS strived and thrived, and he had BEYOND brilliant and amazing moves and skills. Sure, other athletes are SUCCESSFUL, but I think Michael chased after SUCCESS AND EXCELLENCE. He had a massive passion for basketball; just played and played, and his name is still being mentioned up to this day. He will forever be a legend. And, even though he might not have been the most successful and best athlete of all time in some others' opinions, he is always gonna be the sports #1 inspiration and legend. Another pro he has: unlike Lance Armstrong, or some other cheaters, M.J. nEVER cheated, NEVER did anything majorly illegal, and... What else can I say? SERIOUSLY. He literally pushed himself to max, and twice the power each game. The freethrows; the show-offs; the dunks; ...more
He's got more endurance, speed, accuracy, determination, and most importantly heart then any other athlete ever to walk the planet. Defiantly the best all around athlete. PERIOD.
If we were to show another species the strength, courage, love and intelligence that Man has, Muhammad Ali would be Mankind's Representative.
His passion, dedication, confidence, attitude... No doubt The Greatest... He should have been number 1... The Man had it all.. His fellows respected him. What more do you want
If anyone ask a name in sports they remember or heard of, no doubt the name would be Muhammad Ali. No sportsman comes near to Muhammad Ali. Fact is that, there are many places in world continents where many people may not know or even heard of Michael Jordan or any other sportsperson mentioned here, but it is most likely that they would have heard and known Muhammad Ali. So, to me, he is the greatest sportsman ever born. I am 100 percent sure that even after 100 years Muhammad Ali's name would be known to many whereas names of other sportsman is most likely to fade away from memory (possibly remaining in record books).
The "Great One" changed the face of hockey as he brings a new era of speed, skill, and scoring touch into the game. Entered the NHL erasing almost all scoring records he quickly built the Oilers Dynasty with amazing haste. Along with his hockey sensation Gretzky is recognized for his charity work and a strong connection with the game of Hockey.
No player in the history of sports has ever come close to dominating their sport like The Great One
THE GREAT ONE. Enough said. He holds every important record in hockey. Arguably the toughest sport to play
Wayne Gretzky is the GOAT of all sports, I respect Michal Jordan and Ali but just take a peek at Gretzky's career totals.
Okay Babe Ruth was probably the greatest power hitter of all time, but to call this man the greatest athlete of all time is absurd. Baseball is my favorite sport, but I have no illusions that dunking a basketball requires a far greater amount of athleticism than hitting a homerun. Does anyone seriously think Babe Ruth could run faster or jump higher than pretty much anybody in the NBA? Of course not because that'd be stupid. Babe Ruth changed the way the game of baseball was played, and it's not hard to argue that he is the greatest baseball player of all time, but baseball is a different kind of sport. It's less based on athleticism than most sports. That's not saying it's inferior; I love baseball more than any sport on the planet, but come on people. You need to be more athletic to play basketball or soccer than you do baseball. Not saying there aren't athletic baseball players. Willie Mays is easily one of the greatest athletes of all time. But look at Babe Ruth. The greatest ...more - beckyperl
The best ever. He was a great pitcher and an unmatched hitter. No doubt the most dominate athlete of his sport compared to any other athlete in their sport.
Let's be real, people. Until this guy is voted to the top spot then this list should be considered a joke! He was out-homering ENTIRE teams in an era when the ball was more dead than alive! And yes, he could pitch as well. His head to head record against Walter Johnson was 11-1! Are you serious?! And, wrap your brain around this if you can. He did all this while partying like it was 1999 EVERY NIGHT! RUN THAT UP YOUR FLAGPOLE AND SALUTE IT! Enough said.
The thing is consistency also needs to be considered. He may have close to the most homers ever but he also has one of the largest figures for strikeouts too. Also he was only really amazing at batting. He was a good pitcher yes but there's a reason he's known for batting only - Monarc6
Not only that but he was one of the greatest pitchers ever. No one ever credits babe for that. He was the best because, he could do both at just a high level, the most highest!
No one broke Ruth's home run record, to break it would be with the same number of at bats, so Aaron and Bonds with the help of many more games,162 game seasons, surpassed the record. Seems Ruth's record is really in tack Ruth played many years under a rule the fair/foul ball rule, if a ball was fair past the foul pole but curved foul there after it wasn't a homer, Ruth lost at least 50 homers because of this rule, and perhaps as many as 75 in total. So what's 714 and 50 it's 764 and that's the low number. Why doesn't baseball correct this wrong, they put the great black ball players of the past who never played in the major leagues into the hall of fame, it was only right. how about baseball going back in time and picking the MVP and the best Pitcher of the year for all those years past, also under the same rules of today, in some of those years, once you won the MVP you couldn't win it again until years later it was finally changed. Babe Ruth and others lost out of other MVP awards ...more
Michael Phelps is the greatest athlete of all time, as he didn't just win a gold medal in the hardest sport, he did it 8 times over. No other athlete can match his determination, mental preparedness, or physical ability.
39 World Records. 22 Olympic Medals, 18 of them Gold, with 11 of the Gold coming from individual events. He dominated a sport like nobody has ever dominated any sport. 16 years of being the uncontested greatest in the world. He could keep going, but he already has everything locked down.
There is no comparison, because nobody has ever won anything to the degree he has outside of Jordan, and he competed in a team sport.
Undoubtedly the most amazing swimmer the world has ever seen! He dominates every corner of the sport while clearly showing the world what truly makes an athlete!
He is the best. How can people like Wayne Gretzky be even considered better than him.
Another cool name. And fastest man EVER
I'd suggest that anyone not familiar with track records, especially the 100M, take a look a at what this man has accomplished ( the first to break the 9.7 barrier and a month later the 9.6 barrier) and you'll see why I already place him as the greatest athlete of the century and perhaps all-time. They say he's capable of breaking his current record of 9.58, and if he does look for it to be the eventual longest lasting track and field record ever. I'm headed for bed after reaching #16, but I know one athlete that's not going to be listed, and he may be, as many have argued, the greatest athlete ever; Mikhail Baryshnikov. The same hang-time as M.J. - 0.9. I would list my top three as Babe Ruth, Tiger Woods, and Jim Brown when you consider how great they were compared to the rest of their competition in their prime. In lesser followed sports, there's no doubt that "Lightning" Bolt is #1.
Usain Bolt is the best 200m runner ever hands down, so good he can even dominate the glamour 100m event as well. Loads more gold coming in London 2012.
I think how fast he runs is why his last name is Bolt - TheAwesomeDude54
Please, enough of this MJ worship! Greatest Basketball player is an acceptable choice, but this guy has never shown to be proficient at any other sport! He was a minor league baseball flop, still has a laughable handicap in golf and has never been known for lightening speed. Unlike this one sport star, Jim Thorpe, with little expert training or equipment, was voted into the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with the Track & Field Hall of Fame! Thorpe also had no business playing Major League Baseball at first, but learned on the fly and finished with a respectable .252 batting average in 7 part-time seasons. Jim Thorpe was successful in three sports to Jordan's one, doing this as an impoverished ward of the government and enduring untold racial bigotry. No athlete came so far with so little! He's Jim Brown, Jesse Owens and Bo Jackson rolled into one. Hand's down the Greatest Athlete Of All Time!
All are great in their own worlds but Jim Thorpe was a gold medal decathlete, world champion ballroom dancer, nfl football player and semi-professional baseball player. Wilt Chamberlain should also be on the list. He averaged over 50 points a game in the NBA, played professional volleyball, bowled a 300 game, ran a 4:15 mile, high-jumped over 7 feet, benched over 300 pounds. He could also do it all.
The greatest athlete ever to come from Lawrence KS (Haskell Indian Jr. college) which is saying something since other mentionables include Wilt Chamberlain, Gayle Sayers, Jim Ryun, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, John Riggins and others. Local legends of the man still recount tails of him drop kicking balls through the goalpost from the 20 yard line (opposing) into the wind. Winning every event he entered in a track meet after he forgot his shoes. Not to mention being good at anything he tried.
Don't get me wrong, Gretzky, Jordan, Ali, and Phelps are all great at their chosen sport, and each of them could claim the top spot on a list of greatest hockey players, basketball players, greatest boxers, and greatest swimmers of all time. However, if this is a list of all time greatest athletes then Jim Thorpe undeniably takes 1st place. This guy played football, baseball, basketball, competed and won in worldclass athletics competitions, and won two Olympic gold medals in what are arguably the toughest sports contested at the Olympics, the pentathlon and decathlon. To this day we still say the olympic gold medal winner of the men's decathalon is the greatest athlete of the time. The same way we say that the Olympic gold medal winner of the men's 100m race, Ussain Bolt, is the fastest man on earth of the time. No disrespect to the Gretzky's, Jordan's, and Bolt's of the world, but their records will be broken as they broke the records of their predecessors. Thorpe, on the other ...more
Bo knows... And he's the greatest athlete ever. Ever argue at the bar over this one? The only thing anyone will ever say to shoot down Bo Jackson is the fact that his career was too short. But length of service is only one thing. His two sport versatility easily compensates for this.
Bo hit 141 hr in 2300 games, which is close to on pace with the likes of Mike Schmidt. That was before the pre 1996 hr derby style baseball too. Imagine a healthy Bo Jackson slugging 50 homers a season and hitting 500 home runs in his career. Would there be any doubt then who was the greatest ever to step on the field? That's not even counting his ridiculous range in the OF.
Oh, and that's just baseball. Hey MJ fans, you want to see athletic dominance? Watch a Bo Jackson football highlight reel. Then tell me he wasn't the best athlete ever. Had he focused on football, and stayed healthy, he'd own Emmit Smith, and Barry Sanders. Every scout agreed that he was THE BEST ever. Speed, power, ...more
OH MY GOSH! What is this dude not doing at least at number 5?! Not many can say that they're an outstanding football and baseball player, at professional l level, be amazing (at times) at both, be able to break a bat on your knee, oh and do almost the impossible by running almost completely vertical on the fence, and act like its completely normal! The thing is, I believe he would be #1 no competition if it weren't for that devastating knee injury, that basically just happened cause he was a combine of a unbelievably strong, big, and with a speed that makes you go "what the heck just happened? " Don't even get me started on his arm, getting a ball from the warning track and throwing it- accurate and fast- to home to get an amazing out, with no bounces from the ball! MJ, an outstanding athlete, yes, but did he excel at two sports, a big fat no. For me, an athlete myself, I try to be the best I can be in my sport, and yet struggle to do that in other sports, and sometimes even in my ...more
Not only did he play in two professional sports, but he was a superstar in both. On the baseball diamond, Bo had a career batting average of.250 and hit 141 home runs in just under 694 career games. In 1989 he was selected to the American League All-Star team and went on to win the game's MVP award. And that doesn't count Bo's "hobby" sport. Bo the football player won the Sugar Bowl MVP award, the Liberty Bowl MVP award and then the Heisman Trophy. Then, when he decided to play pro football, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry for his short career and was named to the Pro Bowl team. At one time, Bo was in commercials with Jordan and Gretzky and if it weren't for his career ending hip injury, he would still be regarded as deserving of that type of company.
Reminds me of Wilt Chamberlain, freakishly athletic, played multiple sports, did whatever he wanted without anyone really stopping him at all, one of the greatest athletes ever period.
All-time soccer leading scorer in history with over 1,000 goals in his career, and champion in two world cups with his native country Brazil making him the best soccer player in history over Argentinian astro player Diego Armando Maradona.
Pele is and still the best soccer player in the world he made #10 what it is now, anybody that wears that # in the soccer field knows the weigh of that # 10 you have to be the best, that means pele.
Pele has scored 1152 goals in 1220 games that I legendary compared to anybody else on this list he should be number one he is a pure hero to the world and especially Brazilians - egillaxelsson
I was looking at some of the ones higher then pele and I almost dropped dead. Some I can believe like gretzky and jordan and ali and ruth but woods and federer
Complete player with both legs.
Mid Field player, not forward, and still best scorer of all time.
-Voted IOC Athelete of the Century.
-Voted FIFA Footballer of the Century.
-MOST AWARDED ATHELETE OF ALL TIME
-MOST RECOGNIZED ATHLETE OF ALL TIME.
Both sides of civil war in Africa stopped to watch him play.
Ronald Reagan:" My name is Ronald Reagan ,president of the United States of America, but you need no introduction, because everyone knows who Pele is!"
Received by Kings and Presidents all over the world.
First athlete featured in a videogame.
Etc...etc..etc.. - ADB2
To be consistent throughout his career is just astounding. And let's not forget the fact that he was the number one player for 237 weeks consecutively. The fact that he was dethroned after that did not stop him from getting back the top rank as he regained the position from Rafael Nadal and collected a total record of 285 weeks overall.
Roger Federer is Not only one of the best sportsman, but also the most respectful of all... Genuine, humble, passionate, dedicated, consistent and humane...
Federrer is Simply The Best. Both character & as a Tennis Player. He has the techniques to play tennis. He is my favourite. Djorkovic and Nadal are behind him
Without a doubt Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player in the history of the sport. But not only is his extravagance as a sportsman apparent in Tennis. His records are incredible, and they probably won't be touched any time soon. What other athlete in any sport has dominated his/her sport the way Federer did in the 2000s? Now he is 30+, and he is still relevant in his sport, competing avidly against his younger competitors. Yes, his invincibility has been lessened, but the fact that his is still considered a MAJOR CONTENDER even at such an old age is a testament to his ability and dedication to the game. He is also a class act outside the court. No one trumps Federer in the athletic department. No one. Period.
A muscular martial artist - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate
He is good because of his team and Jerry Rice he is not even top 25 athlete of all time.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO NFL QUARTERBACKS WHO HAVE WON 4 SUPER BOWLS JOE MONTANA IS ONE OF THEM
Montana was known as a limited athlete. Didn't have a riffle arm, no Tarkenton or Vick when running. If this about athleticism no. If this about winning, being the best at your craft, yes.
He is really good at football
He is 6'9, has the body of an NFL linebacker, runs like a track star, and jumps as high as anyone in the NBA. I wouldn't be surprised if he could compete in any sport at a professional level. - rmoore26
What people are clearly forgetting when voting is that this list is about the greatest ATHLETES ever, not players in their sports ever. MJ, Ali, Thorpe, Phelps, Bo and Bolt are decent choices but LeBron is the greatest athlete ever. MJ was fast and could leap, but he wasn't nearly as strong as LeBron. Ali's athleticism was limited to a ring so he couldn't truly show us what he was capable of. Thorpe lived in a time before modern practices where athletes were a fraction of what they are today. At the time, Thorpe may have been the greatest athlete ever, but he isn't anymore. Phelps is the greatest swimmer but he doesn't have the strength or speed on land that LeBron does. Usain is clearly the fastest dude. No one on this list can touch that but he doesn't show us any other ability (i.e. jumping, upper-body strength, agility) because of his sport. Finally, Bo, the biggest threat that LeBron has, in my opinion. Bo was stronger, and more talented at other sports (which isn't inherently an ...more
Should be higher on This list. He is the most athletic person to ever step foot on this planet. Hear me out. I get mj is the greatest NBA player ever but do you people realize how physically dominate Lebron James is. He is a human wrecking ball. He's huge. He can out power anyone. Evan 7 foot centers. He can run the point guard position better then any point guard. He is the only player to ever be able to competitively play all 5 positions. The fact that he is out of the top 10 in my opinion is crazy. He should be top 5 with Jordan, Ali, bolt and phelps. He doesn't get enough credit. This man is the most physically dominate human that was ever created. That's a fact.
He's one of the athlete's world would ever see... he's more athletic than any other athlete who is on top in this list... he can play any position on the court and that is very difficult if you know the game of basketball... he's the best all rounder player in the game of Basketball... he can compete and play any sport he desires he's gifted with that body... people say there won't be another Michael Jordan... and also there won't be another Kobe Bryant... but there won't be another LeBron James because no one can play all the 5 positions in the game the way he does. Definitely should be in top 5
WHEN YOU SAY WHO IS THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF ALL TIME IT IS BRUCE LEE. WHO ELSE DO KNOW THAT CAN DO 50 ONE ARM PULL UPS IN A ROW WITHOUT STOPING. CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY MICHAEL JORDAN IS NUMBER 1 WHEN ALL HE IS MOST POPULAR FOR IS DUNKS. KNOW THINK ABOUT IT HE DOESN'T HAVE THE MOST RINGS, THE MOST POINTS AND OTHER MOST EITHER I'M NOT SAYING WHETHER HE IS THE BEST OR NOT I'M JUST SAYING HE MIGHT BE THE BEST ATHLETE IN BASKETBALL BUT NOT EVER. BRUCE LEE NOT ONLY IS BEST ATHLETE BUT THE SMARTEST TO, HIS IQ WHICH IS 200 IS THE HIGHEST OUT OF ALL OF THESE GUYS ON THIS LIST. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE BRUCE LEE IS NUMBER 16 ON THIS LIST, THIS LIST IS A JOKE. WHO ELSE CAN SEND SOMEONE FAR BACK FROM A ONE INCH PUNCH. Their IS A LOT MORE TO BE SAID BUT MJ REALLY IS AT THE TOP BECAUSE THE NBA IS THE MOST POPULAR SPORT OF THEM ALL, JUST LOOK AT THE VIDEO GAME SELLING FOR NBA. MJ COULD BARELY DUNK FROM THE ENTIRE FREE THROW LINE AND IS YOU GO YOUTUBE AND SEE SERGE IBAKA HE IS THE ON NBA PLAYER WHO ...more
135 Lbs, and he can kick a 300 lb heavy bag to the ceiling. He has a national China championship in Boxing, and knows multiple martial arts (Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, etc etc etc.) he started and mastered fundamentals for Jiu Jitsu, and made his own, called Jeet Kune Do. Chuck Norris admitted Bruce was physically superior and far more skilled as well, note that Chuck Norris has a Black belt in Judo, a 3rd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu, 5th in Karate, 8th in Tae Kwon Do, 9th in Tang so Do, and 10th in Chun Kuk Do. Chuck also is a 6-time karate world champion, and was also in the military acquiring 5 medals. Most people that weigh 135 can barely move a 300 pound heavy bag (strength). Bruce Lee does the Dragon Flag with ease (strength), one finger pushups (strength), plays ping pong with nunchucks at a pro level (awareness, and concentration), and can do 50 one arm pullups like its no big deal (strength, and endurance) and can kill a man with a punch from only a inch away. Bruce Lee when ...more
2 finger push up, inhuman strength, strong both physically and mentally, multi-talented, just an alien
Bruce lee is superhumanly fast, he's also extremely strong and powerful. He was one of the most committed and determined athletes to ever live. He is easily the most influential martial art master of all time.
I think Messi should be the world's best athlete for the moment. He has a blend of all footballers rated above him and his best is yet to come. His speed, ball control, and ability to trick and score are 1 of the best seen so far. Plus, his modest and non-arrogant attitude puts him at his best.
He's fast, skilled, and at the top of his sport.
This list is very North America centric. Football is the most popular sport in the world by far and the blend of raw athletic skills + technique required is more than others. For me, Messi is the best in most of the measurements in football and has held that level for over a decade therefore he is the best athlete ever.
Messi doesn't desreve to be out of the top 10
He has shown his superhuman capabilities time and time again.
Never failing to perform
Simply the best, and he still have more ten years to show his quality as soccer player! Keep counting his goals (already broke all Real Madrid's records).
He has got immense football skills and the ways he does dribbling is a magic. He is the most expensive player in the football world. The way he plays against the Brazilian players is phenomenon. He also holds record of scoring most number of goals for Manchester United and Real Madrid in one year. He is still young and has achieved great landmarks
Not comparing with messi but but he is the greatest of all footballers at this time by his footballing abilities
The most complete Football player in world for the moment. He scores with both feet, head and also he know how to strike from free kicks and penalty spot. One of the best.
Beyond merely changing the game of hockey, Bobby Orr could keep control of the puck and make the other 9 players on the ice look like idiotic little kids. no one had seen that before, or since, not even in Gretzky. His +/- record of +124 wont be broken in the next 50 years, possibly ever. He simply dominated every game, end to end, that he ever played, and often on only one good knee. no one could touch him. The maradona of hockey in my opinion.
Watching Bobby Orr on an end-to-end rush was a sight to behold. He even won the scoring title one year, as a defenseman! I can't think of any comparable feat in any sport. Bobby Orr revolutionized the game of hockey. He had the artistry of Roger Federer and the grit and toughness of Rafael Nadal. As a Montreal Canadiens fan, I've seen a lot of great players, going back to Rocket Richard. None could compare with Bobby Orr.
Watching this guy was an event. I have yet to see a hockey player enhance this game like this man did. Today our kids play this game with superior skates/equipment than dreamed of at that time. Still watch his acceleration, his puck control.
I have seen many great athletes - Jim Brown, Mohammed Ali, Federer to name a few. But the greatest of all was Bobby Orr. Unmatched grace and skill - so clearly better than his contemporaries or any players since that he deserved to play in his own league. As the great Booby Hull said - "He was better on one leg than the rest of us". by the way Orr won the scoring title twice.
Owens held or shared the 100 meter world record for 20 years and also held the Long Jump world record for 25 years! As much as like Usain Bolt and admire his fabulous times it is hard to put Bolt ahead of Owens.
he beat the nazis in Munich 8 yrs befor D-Day
In 1936 Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in Germany a country ruled by the face of EVIL (Hitler) who thought the Aryan race was superior. Jesse owens overcame all the obstacles facing him and brought home the gold
I don't know who but someone did the math and figured out that if jesse owens was given the same technology as usain bolt, he could've broken 9.2
Bradman owns! Statistically he stands so far above everyone else that it is impossible for him not to be the number 1. List is biased against sports not popular in America... Also took a year off cricket once and won the South Australian open squash tournament.
It is crazy how biased these results are to American sports. Don Bradman is the only athlete ever to be statisically twice as good as as the rest of his time! And even decades later the next best averages are around 40% lower. And for your info Americans, India alone makes cricket a higher played sport than your American basketball, baseball and nfl. Not too mention the other 100's of millions in the other commonwealth countries. Bottom line is if you did your research you would find it hard to argue against bradman, whose hand-eye coordination is so far ahead of ANYONE else ever to have lived, including federer. And if you were going to argue against bradman, it could only be with bruce lee, as as a purely physical specimen no one can match him. He would have kicked ali's arse in a boxing match blindfolded, and you know it
Sir Donald Bradman the greatest cricketer of all time in the toughest sport of all time in one of the toughest periods on earth of all time. Batting Average of 99.94.06 from being perfect that's why he is the greatest to be that close to being perfect is an amazing feat.
This guy has had video games made on himself, even after his death, and that shows he was by far the most dominant player out of the billions who do play cricket
Ok idc what anyone thinks about Wilt, he was one of the greatest all around athletes ever. Sure, he was extremely selfish but to say all these other people are better than him is non-sense. I'd say he's up there with Ali, Jordan, Bo, and Bruce. This man did whatever he wanted to do. Led the league in assists because he felt like it, his defense was almost impossible to get by, his scoring was just insane, also a track star growing up and is in the volleyball hall of fame. He beat Jim Brown in a race, can bench more than Shaq and Wallace in his 50s, could grab a quarter off the top of the backboard (could jump to 13 feet), had an estimated 50 inch vertical, and lastly he kept his promises. When Magic Johnson entered the league he challenged him to a 1v1 and Wilt said to him "your not making any lay ups in this gym" and he proceeded to block all of Magic's shots. Also, during an NBA game he was matched up with NBA hall of famer, Walt Bellamy, who was averaging 31 points that season. ...more
NO JUST NO! Bill Russell was one million times better! You know why, because Bill Russell cared about his team winning over his own stats. whereas Wilt Just wanted fame. If his team lost by 10 000 points, but he put up a triple double, he wouldn't care about his team and he would go off to some fancy dinner place to celebrate. 100 points doesn't mean crap to me. He was a jerk! how is he over Kobe Bryant
The only big man to lead the NBA in assists. His rebounding and shot blocking I know they didn't record shot blocking for most of his career. He also blocked shots that remained in play instead of in the stands so the other team kept control of the ball. Rebounding was not only great but his ability to block other players so his teammates could get rebounds is almost never talked about. His scoring is talked about but not that during his 50 points a game season. If he scored only 27 points in one game (what's King James average last season that makes him so great? ) he would have to score 73 points to just get to his average! I know we do not compare centers with other positions or the era in which he played, but who has done it better please be specific with numbers. I know he didn't win many titles but he did when given teammates who could actually effect a game. Any body remember 1972 when Wilt and the Laker won 33 games in a row? Or 68 games for the season I know the Bulls won 69 ...more
One of the greatest players in nba history. And arguably more athletic ability than any other center, in my opinion.
Your list is great especially the top 5 but makes no sense Montana. We are talking about athletes so how in the heck do you list him over Vick. If Vick has the weapons Montana head they would have won 5 straight Super Bowls
After the Super Bowl 51 comeback, Brady won his fifth SuperBowl (most all time) and became a 4 time SuperBowl MVP (most all time). After this historic win, he's the greatest of all time in all sports, not just football. I watch him play ever since he got drafted. After watching him win all five of his SuperBowls, he's the greatest athlete to ever walk the earth. He's gonna keep winning more titles, especially a 6th SuperBowl. The rest is pretty much self explanatory. Love him or hate him, he's the GOAT for real, there's no question about it anymore, you can't dream of a career like his. There won't ever be someone better than Tom Brady.
He is the best QB of all time and he is put down here, at 21. Only 1% of the people voted for him? He has to be put higher.
I know many people hate him, but what other athlete has accomplished so much over so long a period of time, in a sport that is designed to not let you stay on top with the Salary cap. There are some amazing athletes on the list above him, but None of these other athletes played in such a challenging and competitive system that makes racking up championships repeatedly so hard. I really think this guy deserves his due as the best athlete ever.
He played in the NHL until he was 51, he dominated every aspect of the game. One of the greatest athletes of all time.
Should be in the Top 10 simply for his longevity. Had tons of records as well.
Toughest Hockey Player Ever! That's saying something.
GOD BLESS GORDIE HOWE MANY TIMES OVER-!
First of all JERRY RICE IS THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF ALL TIME! Case closed. His records, someday may be eclipsed. No man showed more determination than Jerry, todays wide receivers catch the ball and fall down or try to get out of bounds(smart sometimes)Jerry would break free and score more touchdowns than any other player in the history of the game. 3 super bowl rings (super bowl MVP)more all purpose yards than any other man. A true SPORTS LEGEND JERRY RICE.
The best wide receiver to ever live. They took all of jerry rices records one time, and compared them to every person who has ever played in the nfl. And there was only 7 men in all of history, who even had half.
A legend and just think if he hadn't that knee injury his numbers would have been untouchable for many more years. He is the greatest receiver of all time without a doubt. I do feel that as far the greatest football play er of all time he is in the top 5 for sure.
He should be higher then bo Jackson he is the best football player ever
Tiger dominated his sport like no ever has during a time where the depth of talent in the fields was greater than ever before. He changed the sport of golf forever and created a new generation of players. And just when everyone was ready to count him out he came back and beat them all on the biggest stage in golf marking the greatest comeback in sports history. 82 wins 15 majors and countless unforgettable moments. Quite simply the GOAT. And he isn't done yet
If Tiger wasn't injured for about 4 years he would most likely be the greatest golfer of all time. But as of now, he is second in overall PGA tour wins (81), and major title wins (15). But I think he could possibly be better than Jack, when he got his 71st win, statistics showed that Tiger won 30% of tournaments he entered. Knowing how hard it is to do that against other big talents like Ernie Els, Vijay Singh. and Phil Mickelson. If you disagree that he is the greatest golfer ever, look at some of his victories, he won a couple of his tournaments by over 10 shots. Some of these wins were lucky, because the other competitors missed some easy putts, but that was because they were pressured by Tiger. Try golf out for yourselves and see some of Tiger's greatest shot and you will start to believe that Tiger is not possibly the greatest golfer of all time, but possibly one of the greatest and most dominant athletes ever.
I know golf isn't as physical as most other sports, but I play golf and know how easy it is to make a mistake. Tiger Woods is the best athlete because of all his accomplishments & is still young and will be achieving even more before he's done. Michael Jordan was great, but his name also gave him extra room with refs and getting away with stuff, not to mention the intimidation he struck into others that guarded him. Tiger has no refs, therefor no miss calls or extra slack from refs because of his star level. - PDP
Words can't describe what he has done for golf. Out of any athlete to ever live, none has ever had such a great impact on their sport as tiger has. He may not be known as the greatest athlete ever because golf is not the most athletic sport, but if you were looking at the best players of each respective sport and compared them to each other, Tiger would be on the top there.
obivously a top ten all time caliber running back (may have been best ever except he stopped playing at age 30), but was also offered to pitch for the yankees, one of the greatest lacrosse players ever (in hall of fame), good track athlete (5th in national decathalon), and could have won a national championship for syracuse if there had been no rule for not allowing 3 african american players to start for a team (Brown didn't go out his senior year because he may not have started over 2 other players) - danajs24
104.3 yards per game. 0 NFL games missed. 5.22 yards per carry. Led the NFL in rushing 8 of his 9 seasons, and the season he didn't finish first he played most of the season with a broken arm. Enough said. Greatest NFL player of all time and was so dominant in lacrosse that they made a rule after him (Having a crease around the goal). Former NFL players have been on record saying at age 50 he could still win the MVP in the NFL.
Not only was he one of the greatest football players of all-time, but he was perhaps the greatest lacrosse player of all-time too. And he could play basketball and baseball well enough to attract the pro scouts.
Not only the greatest runningback of all-time in the NFL, but the man was the greatest lacrosse player to. And he was excellent in basketball and baseball and could have made the pros in those sports.
He is just an entertainer and not an athlete. The one who put his name in this list must be totally dumb.
I can't see him
He's a wwe wrestler, they are fakers
He is ever the best I wrestling world and sport world
48? Are you kidding me? Why so low? Serena has won more grand slams in the open era than any other tennis players in history. Might I say that she has 23 to Roger Federer's 19, yet for some reason he is in the top 10. She also was pregnant when she won her 23 slam! Amazing! Yes, the men's and women's game are really different but that should not at all take anything away from her accomplishments. She has been dominating the women's game ever since her first grand slam win in the late 90's. That's nearly 20 years! How many people can be known to not only compete but to dominate their sport like Serena has for that long. Most likely a very small list. Please give credit where it's due and recognize how great of an athlete she is.
Dominated the game and changed how it is played. The rest of the field had to develop a power game to keep up.
Serena made a big impact to the world of sports for female and blacks fighting for equal pay and funding for diversity and female empowerment. She boycotted Indian Wells for 14 years to make a point to stand up for racism and the only athlete in the world who has done this.
You cannot compare apples to oranges. Serena is an enigma in sports today. I do not play sports of any kind, except for enjoying my local gym. I don't even play tennis! Pound for pound, Serena Williams out preforms any other modern athlete to date. Give her credit.
QUITE POSSIBLY THE MOST DYNAMIC ATHLETE AND CERTAINLY THE MOST DYNAMIC BOXER OF ALL TIME. HE MADE BOXING INTERESTING WHEN IT REALLY WASN'T. IT'S A TRAGEDY THAT HIS LIFE AND CAREER SPIRALED SO BADLY OUT OF CONTROL.
Best most ruthless fighter and athlete ever
To live. Most talented fighter eats you children
Loved by few hated by many respected by all
No boxer in the history of the sport could ever beat a young, hungry and dedicated Mike Tyson.
Unbeatable in his prime.
Two times won the event that names you the greatest athlete in the world... Broke the record at the time. Should be in top ten or so.
Broke world record 4 times and was in 4 Olympics winning twice and also 4th in a sport that most people constantly pick up injuries. Inspirational.
Should be about 10 places above Carl Lewis (and he wasn't exactly bad)
Certainly a very accomplished "all round athlete" who deserves a higher position than this in my humble opinion.
Guys lets be serious he should be a lot higher on this list. He is like the greatest regular season quarterback ever. He understands his surroundings and has amazing leadership. The dude was a prodigy since he was like 5. He has a superbowl ring and like a billion accolades. The guy racks up stats at record breaking pace and if you had to average all the greatest quarterbacks stats PER YEAR they don't come close to Manning's. Makes everyone around him better and with a sucky or good defense manages to win. Sure the lack of more postseason success hurts his chances at being deemed better but seriously he has achieved everything a pro QB can. He will break or come seriously close to every QB record in a lot shorter time than it took the original record holders to get there. Brady broke his record of 49 TDs by 1 but look at it like this. Manning got 49 TDs in 496 attempts while it took Brady 578 attempts for that 50. Plus Manning spread the ball around and as athletic Wayne and Harrison ...more - yougnr1116
He's the best best pocket passer their is and he always makes good decisions on the field.
The most passing golds in football is the reason for cool back the best quarterback in the whole entire ward in the NFL so fall
He brook all the passing and touchdown records for the Colts and holds the single season touchdown and passing yard record
Clearly the greatest all around athlete of all time. Because if someone else can run the 200 in 19.3 seconds or the 400 in 43 seconds, then that person is the best, but there is no person!
Watched him win the Olympics and shatter the world record in the 200 - one of the most jaw dropping performances I've ever seen!
Johnson is no doubt, the greatest track and field athlete in 1990's. He won 8 gold medals at the world championships, 4 at the olympics.
What was Wilt Chamberlin's record in the 100 in the 1960 (11 seconds). He was 7 feet 2 inches and not a track athlete come on people, get real!
I'm a Red Sox fan and I still think it's him
2. Deion Sanders
He's. A really good mlb player that plays shortstop for the Yankees and he's a good person on and off the field
This guy is the complete package. Playing on the biggest stage (NYC) in sports and one of the best performers in clutch situations!
Great player hits to all fields and has had 14 all star appearances
This dude is undoubtedly, the greatest scorer in NBA history, Kevin Durant is another incredible basketball player who has a career high of 54 points in 1 game, Kobe Bryant's career high in a half is 55. He could do things that no other to pick up a basketball can do. Before he retired at the age of 40 he made 60 points, if that's not incredible enough to at least make the top 10 then I'm insane
made 6 championships in the league plus better than Michael Jordan...
I have loved Kobe ever since I was 2 years old. I saw Kobe when he made 81 points, I saw Kobe each time he got the MVP award in both the NBA and All-Star games. I've seen everything Kobe has accomplished if I wasn't born at the time I would see it on YouTube. Only Jesus could beat Kobe at basketball. I don't care if he can be a ball hogger sometimes, I don't care if he disses people, and I don't care if he's 21 on this list! Kobe did not go to the NBA for fame or anything like that! What he went to the NBA for was to express his love of basketball not for popularity! When he retires it will be the saddest day of my life besides the death of friends or family. Like I said I don't care if Kobe is not #1 in this list. He will always be #1 to me.
He is dead now the sad moment for everyone but he is the best AND MOST LOVING PLAYER OF ALL!
R.I.P Kobe Bryant
Carl was the most exciting track athlete of all time. Track athletes are purest form of athleticism. His shear presence turned the competition into rubber and for 12 years he was basically the only player in the Long Jump (Minus 1 jump from Powell - who too turned to rubber at the Olympics). Speaking of Olympics. The Olympics are the biggest stage in the history of the world for athletic demonstration. Carl was the best of all times and proved it 4 straight times. His 1991 Tokyo world record win was spine chilling considering he was 'over-the-hill' by that time in sprinting. And did I mention that he was obviously a clean athlete when the rest of the sport was doping like mad. Carl, like Michael Jordan was just a step above all other greats in his sport. Remember too, the 100m sprint is the most competitive sporting event in the world. Carl was the best at this event for 8 years, and happened to make time to be even better at other events. Michael Jordan was the scoring leader for 10 ...more
Four golds in a row in long jump, where no one else has ever won two. Win streak over a decade long. Jumped over 29 feet three times in one meet(the same number of times the rest of the world has done it since the Creation). More jumps over 28 feet than all other humans combined. Had a jump over 30 feet(! ) in 1983 that, but for an official's error, would have broken Beamon's unbreakable record by a foot! Only person to repeat as 100m Olympic champion. Nine gold medals ( but for two relay blunders by others, it would be 11! ). Universally acknowledged as the fastest man EVER with a running start, even to this day. Instrumental in turning the Olympics from a money loser to the most sought after and desired event in world. Ability so far above all others in world that he was able to force IOC to allow its athletes to become professionals and so lengthen their careers and so aggrandizes the Olympics and all former amateur sports.
To measure the best athlete in the world the criteria must include speed and leap.
Lewis was the best in the world at both of these basic skills for over 10 years. No one is a better athlete.
You have seen him winning the long jump and sprints but his athleticism, focus and flawless mechanics would have granted medals also on triple jump or hurdles if he had tried them. Nobody has ever jumped around 29 feet or run sub 10 100 m with his ease. He won't make this list because he's unfairly hated by people. And, yes, he was a clean athlete. This guy is a serious candidate to the best pound for pound athlete of all time. It was a privilege to watch him in his own time.
Could look in the opposite direction, shoot the ball and be nothing but net. Now that's amazing.
I'm not a huge celtics fan but I am one. I have to admit larry bird is definitely the best basketball player of all time. he has great shooting form. he was a great trash talker. I will always remember the number 33. he was a great celtic! - MetsGirl34
Bird was as competitive as Jordan, the best shooter in the league and played for a World Champion. In today's NBA he would be a 6-9 Seth Curry, and nobody could stop that.
Man, this guy, could shoot the ball from one side of the court, and could make it nothing but net on the other hoop.
He didn't just change history, he was a great baseball player as well!
He should be so much higher, he made history, was an amazing athlete and an amazing person in general
Jackie Robinson-hands down! He was a hall of fame baseball player, won the rookie-of-the-year award despite the unbelievable pressure of being the first black player. Amazingly, though, baseball was only his fourth-best sport. He was also an All-American track star who set the long jump record at UCLA and was national champ in that event, he led the PCC in scoring for the basketball team and won an MVP, and was an all-american halfback. He was also a junior tennis star and excelled at table tennis! Come on! No contest!
The great Jackie Robinson what else can i say.He set the stand for american to be americans no matter if your black,white,green or purple.His number 42 is retire through out baseball.He was not only a great baseball player he was a great man - wideup
I don't think he is the greatest athlete to ever live. That title belongs to, MJ or Bo jackson, but it is blasphemous to have Pacquiao any wear above Floyd. He is 44-0 no boxer can math that. People saying he is scared to fight are dumb. Why would he be scared to fight a fight where he can gain crazy amounts of money whether he wins or loses?
Never gets enough credit for his HARD WORK and DEDICATION. One of if not the MOST hated athletes of ALL TIME and STILL proves his dominance and athleticism in the ring time after time. He clearly belongs somewhere in the top 10 at least...
Floyd mayweather is undefeated boxer. But manny pacquiao is the greatest, stronger, fighter ever. Floyd to scared "pacman" punch.
His record is in multiple weight divisions and absolutely incredible. His cocky nature gave him a subtle advantage. Worth being on this list. Number 1? Unlikely, but worth being on the list 100%
One of the best basketball players of all time
Best passer and play maker of all time he could also score play any position on the floor and rebound not to mention his steller defense
Rediculous that he's that low.
He's good m8
Come on the guy is 42, he works so hard, just cause he got too old doesn't mean he's ranked 153rd in the list. Come on
Number 4 on the field number 1 all time! No one will last as long and play to that level!
I'd like to see what you're doing at 42 years old
he has all the records a superbowl ring, he's just plainly the greatest. - jwileson
Never lost a 10.000m race, beat several world records, beat the 2h04m barrier at the marathon. Considering he came from a very poor country and made it to the top of the world, he has to be the best athlete ever!
Haile Gebreselassie is the ever great man, no doubt at all, he deserves it, Best record holder, brilliantly determined man= Hile Gebresilassie, I don't why they put here...
he is much greater than usain bolt I don't agree him being ranked at 47
How do you forget as he didn't defeat for eight consecutive years. He is the 1st in the world. But who are give this rank. It is so funny! Always Americans first' who say so. I think they select by their income not by their talent. Always forgery rank.
Why is he here, this idiot abused dogs and should be in prison. And the only thing he can do in football is run
Dive into his life outside football. He is a dogfighter and therefore animal abuser. idiot - TheAwesomeDude54
Not as accomplished as others, but it is amazing to watch the man play. Even when surrounded by the best athletes in all of sports, Vick still seems to be in a different class from his competitors. Inhuman speed, quickness and acceleration with a cannon of an arm; Vick has the physical potential to be the greatest player to ever step on the field.
Come on, arguably the most athletic quarterback to play. His 2 years in prison ruined his career. He is so elusive, has great agility, has a CANNON throwing arm. He is a freak of nature. So underrated - RPD6478
A snowboarder with a muscular body and long legs - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate
skirt skirt, one moment bbarry is playin pro football the next he is in afirca looking 4 rhinos
Its simply put no one has broken his record of 1,000+yrd consecutive seasons and he has the most yards per carry for a carrier(5.4). He held the NCAA single season rush record with only one year starting, he never even started 'till his senior season. He's run one of the fastest 40yrd dashes in NFL History (4.2") plus he his only 5,9 and his team sucked for every single season he played.
Theres one difference between Barry n the other guys on this team, n that is he never had a good team to prove his skills. His O-Line SUCKED but he still managed to get great runs. The fact that there were defenders in the backfield as soon as the ball was snaped, but he put up 5 yards a carry is amazing. THE BEST EVER!
Barry Sanders is all around athletic he can jump, run, he can pretty much do anything probably even fly...
I cannot believe Zidane is not higher than Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
Having said that, I still haven't seen Cruyff here, which says a lot.
And more generally, how come there are so few football (soccer) players when it is the most practiced (and popular) sport on the planet?
Zidane is the best soccer player of all time. Why is Christiano Ronaldo higher than him. Zidane should be above pele. He has the most skill
Zidane is the legend of football and he would be remained as a unique iconic player of all the time and no one could replace him.
Zidane is better than any other player in the world he was the most effective player of football ground.
Best footballer ever, a pity he played for a team with no decent striker (France), if he had had the likes of Klose, or Ronaldo, to play around him, France would have won 3 or 4 World Cups - AlphaX
Most Influential and progressive skate boarded of all time. He elevated the sport into the main stream all the while Becoming a household name and media icon.
I think he is the best skate border ever he does awesome tricks - tawilliams
He is a pretty good skater
10 straight 30+ touchdown 4000+ yard seasons. He is a Superbowl champion a 9 time probowler and has 5 times as many 5000 yard seasons as anybody else. Lethal ability to read defences and pinpoint accuracy, he always performs well at the end of games and had the saints had a defense in the past 4 years he could probably have 3 Superbowl rings
joined in 2011 was better than Aaron rodgers
Drew Brees is awesome
Wow you can't throw
Her legs are so long and athletic - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate
You have to delete all the basketball and american football players in this list... You asked for the greatest athletes, to compare Bubka with any basketball or american football player is a sin! You wil go to hell...
He is the greatest athlete in human history, he broke allmost athletic world records... still unbeaten! - Xenothor
He should be in the top 3. His record is he broke them all, been out of pole vaulting for 12 years and his record will not be broken in our lifetime.7 world championships. Sure Armstrong should be somewhere, but Bubka is unbeaten.
Best ever, set a margin with other competitors unseen in ANY and ALL sports. - AlphaX
No one ever dominated a sport like Bubka did. And he did it in the most athletic of all sports. Pole vault requires the ultimate combination of speed, strength and agility.
The first briton to win three olympic golds at one games in 100 years, his collection include 4 olympic golds and one silver, world championships 10 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes, 2 commonwealth golds and 2 commonwealth bronzes, if thats not brilliant then what is? - Chimpchomp
A super tall tennis player - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate
Championships - UCLA (4 years! ) - Lakers - all-time most points in NBA - duration - a really smart guy - college grad
Really he is all time greats
The man who changed basketball
Had the only unstoppable shot... The old sky hook