Top 10 Greatest Sports Teams of All Time

What makes a team truly legendary? Is it an insane win streak? A roster so packed with superstars it practically blinds you? Maybe it's creating a game-changing style of play or breaking long-standing records that felt untouchable.

The history of sports is rich with teams that rose above the rest. These squads earned their immortality not just by winning, but by dominating in unforgettable ways. They became not just team names, but symbols of sustained excellence that still inspire today.
The Top Ten
1 2013 New Zealand National Rugby Team

This team was unstoppable and had real depth to their side with an outstanding bench. Every player was also close to, if not the top, of their position. As well as going undefeated this year, they truly were a cut above the rest.

The New Zealand All Blacks are, by far, the most consistently successful sports team in history over the past 100+ years. Over the past four years, they have maintained a winning percentage of 94.44%. Their winning percentage since 1903 is 77.09%. Yes, that is a winning percentage of 77.09% over a period of 112 years.

Not to mention they have maintained the number one world ranking for 11 out of the 13 years that the ranking system has been in use (since 2003). This is longer than all other teams combined. They have won the Rugby World Cup (a once-every-four-years event) three times, the first country to do so. Last year (2015), they became the first country to win consecutive World Cups. They are also the only international side with a winning record against every opponent. Since their international debut in 1903, only five nations have defeated New Zealand in test matches: England, France, Wales, Australia, and South Africa.

New Zealand competes with Argentina, Australia, and South Africa in The Rugby Championship. The All Blacks have won the trophy thirteen times in the competition's nineteen-year history. They also hold the Bledisloe Cup, which is contested annually with Australia, and the Freedom Cup, contested annually with South Africa. New Zealand has achieved a Grand Slam (defeating England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland in one tour away from home) four times: 1978, 2005, 2008, and 2010.

They have also been named World Rugby Team of the Year seven times since 2005. Four All Blacks have won the World Rugby Player of the Year award: Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Kieran Read, and Brodie Retallick. Fifteen former All Blacks have been inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.

2 1998 New York Yankees (Baseball)

They were always heroes and destroyed the Padres in the World Series. They did not have just one or two or three amazing players - everyone was great. Plus, who was the rookie call-up who hit five grand slams? I think.

The Yankees have the third-greatest record in a single season. Out of the top three, they actually won the World Series against a powerful Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman.

They should be the first sports team. Best!

3 1927 New York Yankees (Baseball)

I think the reason the Yankees are not number 1 is that you have to put a year in front of them. Sure, the Yankees are world-famous and the most prolific winners in baseball, but they're not always the best. There are days when they're not that dominant, to be completely honest.

The All Blacks may not have the same extreme 30-team competition, but they have fierce competition. To be honest, they're also not just players from anywhere on Earth paid big numbers to get results. The All Blacks are loyal players playing for their nation, not their paychecks.

The Yankees aren't an all-time great team. They're just a team of champions that might be gone to another team the next year. The All Blacks are not the richest and wealthiest, but it's a nation with immense pride in the game and jersey. They haven't just been the most dominant in history. They're the best and top-rated every single year - a champion team.

Absolutely should be the top on this list. No disrespect to the New York Yankees, a great franchise in history, but that's just the way it is. You're about the money. They are about the pride.

4 1996 Chicago Bulls (Basketball)

Name any other team with athletes so talented they could bring their city/state six championships in eight years. This wasn't just dominance, this wasn't just force, this was gravity. Each time they jumped, you knew you were the ones going down.

In my opinion, the Chicago Bulls are the best NBA team of all time. They are 6-0 in the championship, and the greatest of all time, MJ, has all six of them.

Why is the '98 team ahead of the '96 team if the '96 team is considered the greatest NBA team ever?

5 1977 Montreal Canadiens (Ice Hockey)

The All-Star game that season consisted of half their team. The stingiest defense was led by the big three: Robinson, Savard, and Lapointe. They also had three of the top five scorers. An 80-game season in which they lost just eight games and gained a record 132 points that still stands today. Of course, when you have the greatest coach of all time (Scotty Bowman), he makes it look easy.

Simply the greatest hockey team in the world. The NHL was created by the Habs as well as its predecessor, the NHA. They have the most Cups. Their logo, the CH, is iconic worldwide and is considered a Canadian institution as they represent the French/English society that is Canada.

Their fan base is global. I can't think of too many teams on that level.

6 1985 Chicago Bears (Football)

Best NFL team ever! And probably the best team ever. Not undefeated, so maybe that keeps them from being number one, but they are the best.

The Bears are awesome. They have some groove too. Just watch the Super Bowl Shuffle.

The greatest football team of all time. Never mind the undefeated Dolphins. The Bears were the greatest.

7 1972 Los Angeles Lakers (Basketball)

The best team. They are the best.

8 1984 Edmonton Oilers (Ice Hockey)

Sports teams that are the best should be heard of. This team is heard of the most, along with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Half of those teams up there, no one has ever heard of.

It takes a spectacular team to beat another team in the Stanley Cup that has won four straight Stanley Cups. The 1983-1984 Oilers did just that. Best hockey team ever.

I would think there are definitely better teams than the '76-77 Canadiens. Best NHL team ever.

9 1989 San Francisco 49ers (Football)

I TOTALLY AGREE! Joe is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best quarterback ever! The absolute best! Joe has everything the perfect QB should be. They broke the mold. I give credit where it's due, and I love the NFL in general, but there's nobody as great as Joe Montana! You can keep the Favres and the Simms. Give me Joe all day, every day!

When I think of American football, I think of Joe Montana's 49ers.

Man, with Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Deion Sanders, Roger Craig, John Taylor, and one of the best backup quarterbacks, Steve Young, they were unstoppable.

10 2016 Golden State Warriors (Basketball)
The Contenders
11 1998 Chicago Bulls (Basketball)

They are good because they had MJ, but it wasn't just that. It was the whole team.

Any team with MJ is the greatest, not even close. Greatest athlete ever!

12 1975 Cincinnati Reds (Baseball)

Should easily be in the top five. Come on, if not number one.

13 2009 FC Barcelona (Soccer)

I can't understand how soccer teams are so far down on this list. This team should be number one. Soccer is the biggest sport in the world, and they totally dominated in Spain and Europe, winning everything there is to win in 2009. No contest.

National teams from the MLB, NHL, NBA, and NFL are jokes. Try conquering Europe and the real world, not the fake World Series, before you put the Yankees up there.

Finding this team in 56th place just shows how useless this list is. They won everything, playing the most beautiful soccer ever seen. Useless...

14 2008 Jamaican Track and Field Team (Sprinting)
15 1972 Miami Dolphins (Football)

Someone said that the 1979 Dolphins went undefeated (14-0). (You would have to go 17-0 to get a perfect regular season nowadays.) But they are the only team to not lose a game the entire season in football history. They battled through injuries and all the other hardships in their way to get the perfect season. That is a great team, my friends.

Undefeated plus three straight Super Bowls! Best three-year record in NFL history!

No-name defense and underrated offense equaled an undefeated season.

16 2003 New England Patriots (Football)

The Patriots were awesome in 2003! Come on, they went all the way to beat Carolina in the Super Bowl and bring the Lombardi trophy to New England. With Brady, the Pats are unstoppable.

Plus, they went on to win the 2004 Super Bowl after this and won the 2001 Super Bowl before this. Also, they went to the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowls later in the decade.

I know I'm mostly talking about other Patriots teams, which is why everyone isn't picking this particular team. Otherwise, they would be dominant. But Tom Brady, if you're reading this, I'm your biggest fan! I wish you luck against the Green Bay Packers tomorrow.

They have won many Super Bowls in the past few years. They have a great team with great coaches.

17 1992 United States Men's National Team (Basketball)

Why are they so down on the list?! They were completely on a whole other scale than the rest. Yes, it was against easy opposition, but the team assembled would wipe out any NBA or FIBA team out there, including the 2016 and 2017 Golden State Warriors teams, MJ's Chicago Bulls, Showtime Lakers, and even the eight-straight-title-winning old Boston Celtics.

They were that good because when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Clyde Drexler, Larry Bird, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, and Patrick Ewing are all on one team, you know that there is no possible way to stop them. End of story.

18 2017 Melbourne Storm (Rugby League)

Arguably the best side of all time, they had great offense and attack as well as top-level representative players across the board.

19 1993 Dallas Cowboys (Football)

Words cannot describe how well this team worked as one unit. The offensive line was dominant! The all-time leading rusher at his peak! A substituting defensive line that was impossible to block! Pure passing accuracy from Aikman to Irvin, and the most underrated player was Jay Novacek.

Take me back in time so I can enjoy that week-by-week feeling and experience once again.

I agree! This was the best team ever! All very talented players, coaches, and owner. I witnessed the Super Bowl, and I'll never forget the experience.

20 2008 United States Men's Olympic Basketball Team

It was nice to see the USA dominate basketball at the Olympics once again. The 2008 team was really a showcase of how basketball was to be played in the big forum.

21 2015 Golden State Warriors (Basketball)

With the numbers Curry put up that season, this may well have been one of the best basketball teams.

22 1999 Manchester United (Soccer)
23 1978 Pittsburgh Steelers (Football)

Best team ever - the thing about football is there are two sides to a team - three if you include special teams. Either way, this team was great on both sides of the ball.

Look how many Hall of Famers and all-stars were on this team. They dominated!

15? Are you kidding me? Easily the best team of all time! Should be number one.

24 1967 UCLA Bruins (Basketball)

The NCAA gave the Indiana Hoosiers a banner stating that the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers are the best team in NCAA history, going 32-0. You don't get a banner unless it is true.

With Lew Alcindor leading the way, this team was dominant. John Wooden had a lot to do with the success, but going 30-0 for the season was something else!

25 1984 Detroit Tigers (Baseball)

They won the World Series against an overmatched Padres team who had to beat the Cubs.

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