Greatest European Athletes of All Time

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 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 more.
7 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 more.
8 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.

One of the best modern day European Athletes. - EpicJake

9 Vasily Alekseyev

Greatest record breaker of all sports.

10 Larisa Latynina

She is the second greater Olympian after Phelps

The Contenders

11 Yelena Isinbaeva
12 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff

Best European soccer player ever.

13 Leonid Taranenko

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

14 Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
15 Jarmila Kratochvilova
16 Manuel Estiarte

Water polo legend played in six Olympic Games.

17 Yurik Vardanyan

He is one of the best weightlifters ever.

18 Hannes Reichelt
19 Dezso Gyarmati

Best. water polo player ever.

20 Lorenzo Bernardi

Best volleyball player of all times.

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