Greatest European Athletes of All Time

EpicJake
Here are some of Europe's best athletes. And don't add people like Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, or Walter Payton because they're good, because they aren't from Europe.

The Top Ten

1 Sergei Kharkov Sergei Kharkov

The greatest European athlete of all time hands down. - EpicJake

2 Lev Yashin Lev Yashin Lev Ivanovich Yashin, nicknamed the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther", was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game.
3 Paavo Nurmi
4 Björn Borg
5 Sergei Fedorov

Sergei was a great hockey player​ that never played in the United States - EpicJake

6 Yelena Isinbaeva
7 Peter Schmeichel Peter Schmeichel Peter Bolesław Schmeichel is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and was voted the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993. He is best remembered for his most successful years at English club Manchester United, whom he captained to the 1999 UEFA Champions League ...read more.
8 Roger Federer Roger Federer Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player. He has held the world No. 1 spot ...read more.
9 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.

One of the best modern day European Athletes. - EpicJake

10 Vasily Alekseyev

Greatest record breaker of all sports.

The Contenders

11 Alina Tsviliy
12 Larisa Latynina

She is the second greater Olympian after Phelps

13 Leonid Taranenko

The Bellarussian weightlifter is still (from 1988) the strongest man in the world.

14 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.

Best European soccer player ever.

15 Hannes Reichelt
16 Dezso Gyarmati

Best. water polo player ever.

17 Yurik Vardanyan

He is one of the best weightlifters ever.

18 Lorenzo Bernardi

Best volleyball player of all times.

19 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki
20 Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
21 Nadia Comaneci Nadia Comaneci
22 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.
23 Aleksandr Medved

Best wrestler off all times.

24 Jarmila Kratochvilova
25 Marita Koch
26 Manuel Estiarte

Water polo legend played in six Olympic Games.

27 Aleksandr Karelin
28 Pyrros Dimas

Four medals in weightliting, three of them gold.

29 Kristin Otto
30 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher
31 Michel Platini Michel Platini Michel François Platini is a football administrator, who served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, after which he was banned for 8 years following an ethics investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 21 December 2015, and formerly a French football ...read more.
32 Sergei Belov

Best. European. basketball player ever.

33 Steve Redgrave Steve Redgrave Sir Steven Geoffrey Redgrave is a retired British rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games from 1984 to 2000. He has also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World Rowing Championships golds.

One of the greatest olympic champions.

34 Arvydas Sabonis
35 Daley Thompson
36 Valentino Rossi
37 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
38 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf
39 Júlia Takács
40 Sergey Bubka
41 Aleksandr Popov
42 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

He is the best

43 Vassiliou Alexeev

Greatest record beaket of Allen sports

44 Nikolai Andrianov

The third greater Olympian medalist after Phelps and Latynina.

45 Yuriy Sedykh
46 Vitali Klitschko
47 Igor Milanovic

Yugoslavian water polo legend.

48 Nikola Karabatic
49 Emil Zatopek

Great long distance Olympic champion.

50 Sebastian Coe
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