Greatest Athletes of All Time

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21 Bobby Orr Bobby Orr Robert Gordon Orr is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

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.

He not only was the dominant player in every game he played, he was a class act and great role model for young players...his version of excessive celebration after scoring was to break into a smile and get back to work. There's more to being a great athlete than just the skill, there is personal integrity too.

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22 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal

At the age of 24 he accomplished more than any one of that age... His speed endurance stamina statistics are all factors to him being the best athlete of all time in my humble opinion. Mark my words because in 15-20 years we will all remember how nadal rocked the world of tennis

RAFA doesn't have the strongest, fastest hit but the reason why he's winnin' tough matches is because of his incredibly fast and athletic legs. He even has time to overrun the backhand.! And it's because of his unbelievable great moving around the court! He's a fantastic athlete and he should be much better 30 on this stupid list

One of the most toughest athletes of all time in every aspect. He is one of the fittest athletes ever and has the mental toughnes of someone like Sachin Tendulkar or Michael Jordan. No matter what situation he is in, he always never gives up and usually comes out the other side well. He is as tough as an ox!

Da best

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23 Jerry Rice Jerry Rice Jerry Lee Rice is a former American football wide receiver who played 20 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.

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.

I have a jerry rice football card, and let me tell you, it is stacked with amazing stats, and he is totally the #1 athlete without a doubt! G.O.A.T.

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24 Michael Johnson Michael Johnson

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!

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25 Jesse Owens Jesse 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

Jesse owens was hard working, talented and won medals at the time when there was racism. He is a role model to all

If ever there was an athlete worthy of the title athlete it was Jesse owen. At the Berlin Olympics in 1935, he not only ran for America, he ran for the whole free world against Nazi Germany - and beat them all. Hitler was so incenced he refused to congratulate him at the podium and stormed out of the games.

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26 Carl Lewis Carl Lewis

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.

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27 Deion Sanders Deion Sanders Deion Luywnn Sanders, Sr. is a former American football and former American baseball player, who works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

He changed sports culture forever. Absolute monster at Football, Baseball and Track. He was said to be even better at Basketball than anything else. He should be top 10

Yeah right. Babe Ruth was a better athlete than Deion Sanders. Ha! Deion not in the top 10 shows there is something seriously wrong with this list.


31... Deion is commonly in the argument for the greatest athlete of all time, list is bogus

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28 Cael Sanderson

Undefeated in his entire college career, Olympic gold, coached his college team Penn State to national championship, then emerged from retirement 7 years later and made the national team championship to compete at worlds.

Cael should be way higher on the list. He's the only man to ever go undefeated in the most demanding and hardest sport out there. Most great ufc fighters have an amazing wrestling background for this reason.

If people can't realize what an amazing athlete Cael Sanderson is then they are truly blind. Cael is the best.

He started at the age of 5 and went undefeated until Olympic gold is the most physically demanding and decateted sports there is.

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29 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

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

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.

He is super tall and I mean, no other soccer player can go faster so I mean he should at least be the best soccer player. He even got transfered for the most money and has scored awesome goals. He is the core of Real Madrid and Portugal. He is the player that makes em' win.

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30 Bill Russell Bill Russell

What? A good player? What is the record for most rebounds in a game 55. Who was the player who this Athlete play against when he set this record, Lets see that would be Bill Russell who was the player who set the record Wilt Chamberlin

Bill Russell is the greatest defender if all time his stats were world class but they would have been better if they counted blocks and steals back then. He should be rated this number he should be in top 25

ahem you mean eleven time champion needs to be recognized

Greatest winner and greatest teammate ever

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31 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson

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

A great man on and off the field. When you just look at his achievements in baseball, what he endured so he could pave the way for other talented baseball players that were being ignored due to the color of their skin. He is a man you can truly look up to so I don't understand why he isn't already in the top 5.

He was amazing

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32 Manny Pacquiao Manny Pacquiao

Manny should be the greatest athlete of all time because he is the most well-rounded champion and person. He's a 10 time champion in 8 different weight divisions in his profession. He's always humble with his achievements. He's charismatic on both a professional and personal level. He's always entertaining and exciting. He always think of those whom are less fortunate in life and always uses his successes to directly help better those people and everyone around him. Other athletes maybe leaders, champions or icon of their respective team or sports, but Manny is a leader and icon for a nation and the less fortunate of the world. Manny is the "true" champion of the people. This is what differentiates Manny from the rest of all those other champions.

He deserve to be one of the greatest.. In fact boxing is not an easy sport compare with others... You must have passion for it and a desire to win not only for the money and fame but for the pride of your country... Imagine this... His heart and mind is so strong... That's what you call passion

Widely recognized as one of boxing greats and not only in sports but also in various achievements like politics, as a humanitarian and as a singer etc.

Passion and heart is the tool of every artist. Manny has proven his talent and skills in the sport worldwide and known as the best boxer that has ever lived. His achievements and accomplishments are just the lite basis of fact that he is on the top. He came from nothing into becoming someone that inspires the life of so many great artist this time. 😊 Best of luck hall of famer!

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33 Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Tendulkar Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and captain, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.

He is a person who has played under extreme levels of expectations of a billion people of a cricket crazy nation and yet managed to maintain his excellent performances over a period of 22 years and is still going strong. His careers defines modern day cricket. He holds almost every record in the book.

This guy is nothing less than GOD... He has shown me how to live life... And wt is the meaning of passion, hardwork and consistency... I bet... No athlete can ever match his hunger to excel and performing at the same level... Fulfilling his responsibilities in the same manner he had started 22 years back when he began his international career at just age 16.. For all those guys who don't vote for him because you don't know much about him,... At whatever level you adore other athletes in this list... Do learn more about him and I bet, slowly you are gonna fall in love with a true gentleman or even the first look itself...

It is not how best athlete he is, the thing that is awesome about him is how long he remained the best athlete and obviously the best batsman. He is the best batsmen in the history of cricket. He has most number centuries in ODI and test cricket. He has most no of runs in both format of the game. It is his bad luck that cricket is not as famous as football or tennis otherwise he would have been rated as the greatest sportsman.

He is regarded as god of cricket 🏏.the title of god is referred for this sportsman only in history of sports.

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34 Barry Sanders Barry Sanders Barry Sanders is a former American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

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...

Should be in top 20

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35 Dan Gable

He should be ranked much higher. Most people don't know about Dan Gable because wrestling is one of the most under-appreciated sports. The man's winning percentage is ridiculous! He lost 4 times and won 300 (or something similar to that). He was consistent. He showed up to win everyday. This guy should be top 3. Period.

1972 Olympics. One of the hardest brackets in history, and the man didn't let any of his 6 opponents score a single point. He should be top 3. Worked out for around 7 hours a day. The man had a never ending gas tank. The only reason he isn't number one is because wrestling is so under appreciated, especially in the U.S. even though it is the hardest sport in the world.

Very few people have ever had such a narrow focus as Dan Gable. Even todays greatest athletes have more going on in their lives than just their sport. Dan Gable didn't. he had very few friends and the only friends he did have were his team mates. The fact that he was so determined to be the best wrestler for non selfish reasons should rank him in the top five without a doubt.


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36 Daley Thompson

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.

37 Mike Tyson Mike Tyson


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.

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38 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

Could look in the opposite direction, shoot the ball and be nothing but net. Now that's amazing.

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.

Better than MJ

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39 Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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?

Floyd mayweather is undefeated boxer. But manny pacquiao is the greatest, stronger, fighter ever. Floyd to scared "pacman" punch.

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...

Greatest and one of the richest athletes to ever walk the earth.The undefeated 49-0, defensive king is number 1

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40 Peyton Manning Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League.

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 should be higher on the list cause he is amazing!

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