Greatest Sports Icons
The Top Ten Greatest Sports Icons
The meaning of the word iconic is diferrent than the word best.
Iconic person is a famous person that represents something of importance.
Football is the most popular sport in the world.
During his career Pelé travelled all around the globe with his club (Santos) playing many friendlies with other clubs, so millions of people shaw him playing and gained a popularity and fame as no one athlete before or after him.
"My name is Ronald Reagan, I'm the President of the United States of America. But you don't need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is."
-US President Ronald Reagan, greeting Pelé at the White House.
"Pelé was one of the few who contradicted my theory: instead of 15 minutes of fame, he will have 15 centuries."
Pelé was elected 'ATHLETE OF THE CENTURY' by International Olympic Committe (the highest sports authority) in 1999.
That's why Pelé is the most iconic athlete of all times.
Michael Jordan can be considered as the most talented athlete of a single sport of all times.
His name can be equal with the word spectacle.
He inspired a lot of basketball greats after him.
All we have seen him playing, we are sure that we won't see anybody like him in future. We are lucky.
fantastic basketball player!
The Olympic and World Champion Justin Gatlin graciously bowed to Usain Bolt after the final of 100m in 2017 World Championships.
This was one of the greatest moments I've seen in sports history and a sign of Bolt's greatness.
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) is definitely among the greatest boxers of all times, but not the number 1.
His career was exciting due to his selfish and provocative character. He had a lot of fans but enemies too. His involvement in several historic boxing matches (the "Fight of the Century", due to the tremendous excitement surrounding a bout between two undefeated fighters, Ali and Joe Frazier, "The Rumble in the Jungle" against George Foreman held in Kinshasa, and the "Thrilla in Manila" again against Joe Frazier) were among the most monumental sports' events of the 20th century.
But all these made him one of the greatest sports' icons that will be difficult to be forgotten.
In his country "El Pibe de Oro" was always more than just a sports hero - he was a divine figure. It was the Houston Chronicle that described Maradona perfectly: he was the combination of Michael Jordan's athleticism, Babe Ruth's power and Mike Tyson's human fallibility. In a country that survived many social frustrations and several military dictatorships, El Diego became a symbol of hope and an idol to millions.
he is the greatest sports icon because all the medals he won in olympics are recorded for his country.
Although I can't say that he was the best driver of F1 of all times, his racing career and his death made him the greatest icon of the most distinguished sport.
After the 1984 Olympics, Carl Lewis was continuously compared with Jesse Owens. But Owens' track and field career lasted only two years (1935-1936).
Carl Lewis was voted "World Athlete of the Century" by the International Association of Athletics Federations and "Sportsman of the Century" by the International Olympic Committee.
One of the most decorated athletes of all times.
The only disadvantage in his assessment is that he made only two individual world records in his career, both in 100m. He didn't manage to break Beamon's and Mennea's records although he was very close.
Some of his records are alive for more than half a century and probably will remain unbroken for a long more time...
If Wilt played for Celtics instead of Russel, he could had won 7 (at least) MVP titles.
Bill Russel was only a great defender (15.4 ppg in his career).
In 1993 was named the best athlete of all Soviet and Russian history.
In my opinion, greatest European athlete ever.
Arguably the best Lakers player in team history and a PG that forever changed the position, Johnson has been praised for his accomplishments on the court since arriving in the league.
Yet off the court, Johnson has been less prevalent in the sports headlines since he announced that he was diagnosed with HIV on November 7th, 1991.
Football is the most popular sport in the world by far.
Lionel Messi is the greatest football icon of the 21st Century.
Comăneci is one of the world's most famous gymnasts and is credited with popularizing the sport around the globe.
She is the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0 at the Olympic Games (seven times) and her presentation remains unforgettable.
In 2000, she was named as one of the Athletes of the 20th Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Best multi-sport athlete of the modern era.
In 1950 Associated Press elected him as the best athlete of the first half of the 20th century.
The former Czechoslovak and later American professional tennis player is considered one of the best, if not the best, female tennis players of all time.
She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles, combined marking the open-era record for the most number of Grand Slam titles won by one player, male or female.
Although his sport career was very short, it was enough to prove the Hitler's idiocy in a such a short time..
One of the greatest football icons of all times.
Pelé said in 2016: “If I am the king, then Messi has been the prince over the past 15 years. "I cannot call him the king, because there is only one king. I believe that Alfredo Di Stefano was the most complete of the Argentine stars, he was more complete than Maradona and Messi.”
Naim was one of the brightest athletes ever.
Those who have seen him during his career, will never forget not only his achievements but also his personal style.
'The Pocket Hercules ' was an athlete of a non popular sport, but but he's an icon of one of the longest lived Olympic sports.
Most decorated gymnast ever, the 2nd. greatest Olympian with 18 medals.
The first female icon, an American athlete who excelled in golf, basketball, baseball and track and field. She won two gold medals in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympics, before turning to professional golf and winning 10 LPGA major championships.
One of the greatest icons of the most popular sport in the world.
One of the greatest Olympians (9 gold, total 12). Best long distance racer ever.
The "Russian Bear" is one of the most accomplished athletes of all time, winning 887 games and losing only 2.
According to Sports Illustrated greatest female athlete of 20th century.
He is regarded as the greatest tennis player ever and he definitely is.
But his achievements and less compared to female legends Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova, in a sport similar competitive for men and women.
Of the numerous records he holds, two are the most important individually:
- All time leading scorer.
- 6 times MVP.
The Norwegian biathlete is a legend of Winter Olympics and (alongside Marit Bjørgen) the greatest gold medalist with 8.
His 45 medals in World Championships (24 gold) is a record.
The Godfather of Formula One.
Volleyball is one of the 10 most popular sports worldwide.
The American player was voted as the best of the 20th century (joined election with L. Bernardi).
Marciano finished his career undefeated making a record that stood for nearly six decades.
Greatest German sports' icon.
As a continue of my comment on Pelé, I want to clarify that icons should be athletes of sports spread worldwide and not only in one or a few countries. The most important is the Olympic credit (exception is F1- it can't be an Olympic sport).
Ma Long is the greatest table tennis player ever. And for those who don't know, table tennis is the 4th sport in the world according to the officially registered athletes.
Greatest waterpolo player ever.
Fastest woman ever.
Some experts regard that her world records will never be broken.
The Italian motorcycle road racer is the greatest world champion and Grand Prix winner of his sport.