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 Leonid Taranenko

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

13 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff

Best European soccer player ever.

14 Dezso Gyarmati

Best. water polo player ever.

15 Yurik Vardanyan

He is one of the best weightlifters ever.

16 Hannes Reichelt
17 Lorenzo Bernardi

Best volleyball player of all times.

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

Best wrestler off all times.

22 Jarmila Kratochvilova
23 Marita Koch
24 Manuel Estiarte

Water polo legend played in six Olympic Games.

25 Aleksandr Karelin
26 Nadia Comaneci Nadia Comaneci
27 Pyrros Dimas

Four medals in weightliting, three of them gold.

28 Kristin Otto
29 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.
30 Sergei Belov

Best. European. basketball player ever.

31 Steve Redgrave Steve Redgrave

One of the greatest olympic champions.

32 Arvydas Sabonis
33 Daley Thompson
34 Valentino Rossi
35 Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher
36 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
37 Steffi Graf Steffi Graf
38 Sergey Bubka
39 Aleksandr Popov
40 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal

He is the best

41 Vassiliou Alexeev

Greatest record beaket of Allen sports

42 Nikolai Andrianov

The third greater Olympian medalist after Phelps and Latynina.

43 Yuriy Sedykh
44 Vitali Klitschko
45 Igor Milanovic

Yugoslavian water polo legend.

46 Nikola Karabatic
47 Emil Zatopek

Great long distance Olympic champion.

48 Sebastian Coe
49 Mo Farah
50 Eddy Merckx
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