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

One of the most ridiculous number 1 (he reminds me Jackie Evancho in celebrites lists).
What had he done as a gymnast compared to Latynina, Čáslavská, Comaneci, Scherbo, Andrianov?
He shouldn't be even in the top ten. If Kharkov is a so great why isn't he in the list with the greatest athletes?
List maker, shake your head...
Additionaly, you delete votes from a legend like Paavo Nurmi with 9 gold Olympic medals. How many Kharkov gained?
Is it a voting list?

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

One of the greatest Olympians with a total of 12, 9 of them gold.

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 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 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.

Johann Cruyiff is consideredly one of the best football players of all time. He was a a very elegant, clever player and brings his own style to the boggest game.

Best European soccer player ever.

15 Aleksandr Karelin
16 Hannes Reichelt
17 Dezso Gyarmati

Best. water polo player ever.

18 Nadia Comaneci Nadia Comaneci
19 Yurik Vardanyan

He is one of the best weightlifters ever.

20 Lorenzo Bernardi

Best volleyball player of all times.

21 Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Nowitzki Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.
22 Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
23 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.
24 Aleksandr Medved

Best wrestler off all times.

25 Jarmila Kratochvilova
26 Marita Koch
27 Manuel Estiarte

Water polo legend played in six Olympic Games.

28 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.

Simply the best, Steve Redgrave faced many obsticales throughout his career and still achieved his goals. I and all the rowing fans will always rember this lovely mans rowing skills and amazing gold medals.

One of the greatest olympic champions.

29 Pyrros Dimas

Four medals in weightliting, three of them gold.

30 Daley Thompson
31 Valentino Rossi
32 Kristin Otto
33 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher
34 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 more.
35 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf
36 Sergei Belov

Best. European. basketball player ever.

37 Arvydas Sabonis Arvydas Sabonis
38 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
39 Nikolai Andrianov

The third greater Olympian medalist after Phelps and Latynina.

40 Vitali Klitschko
41 Júlia Takács
42 Sergey Bubka
43 Aleksandr Popov
44 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

45 Yuriy Sedykh
46 Igor Milanovic

Yugoslavian water polo legend.

47 Nikola Karabatic
48 Emil Zatopek

Great long distance Olympic champion.

49 Sebastian Coe
50 Mo Farah
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