Most 20 Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

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It is always difficult to choose the greatest athletes of all time. If you narrow your criteria the task will be simpler.

We made a list here based on the athlete’s performance in their particular field, the number of years of their supremacy and their impact on that and play and on the world in general.

So, here is the list of 20 iconic athletes in the history of sports.

Here Are Most 20 Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

1. Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

George Herman Ruth Jr. was also familiar for his nickname as “the Bambino” and “the Sultan of Swat”.

He is in peoples mind for his outstanding performance in Baseball during the earlier half of the 20th century.

He was elevated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

2. Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson

Vincent Edward Jackson was the first athlete who played two major American sports and won the Heisman Trophy in 1985.

He was famous for his power and speed. During his college life, he was a football star but his professional career was stopped due to a hip injury.

He played baseball for the Kansas City Royals, the White Sox and the California Angels in Major league. He was a left fielder and a designated hitter.

3. Bobby Orr

Bobby Orr Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

A former Canadian ice hockey player Robert Gordon Orr was recognized as one of the greatest hockey players of all time.

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At the age of 31, he became the youngest member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

4. Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

Throughout his life, he tried to develop his own martial art techniques because he thought that the existing system is faulty.

His fast reflexes, specifically his mythical one-inch punch would have beaten the best fighters in the higher weight classes.

5. Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis

Frederick Carlton Lewis is considered “the greatest male track and field athlete ever”. He was also selected the “Olympian of the Century”.

6. Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

She is thought to be the most under-appreciated female athlete of all time.

In the 1984 women’s Summer Olympics basketball games, Cheryl performed far better than the rest of the players on the court.

She got her place in the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995 and later in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

7. Dan Gable

Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

Dan Gable is the greatest freestyle wrestler of all time. He won the 1972 Olympic gold medal.

In consecutive six matches, his opponents were not able to score a single point against him.

Eventually, he became the head coach of Iowa University and his team won 16 NCAA team titles from 1976 to 1997.

8. Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He broke the color obstacle in the modern time Major League Baseball.

Except for his performance on the baseball field he was also skilled in football, tennis, track, and basketball.

9. Jim Brown

Jim Brown

He was named the “greatest professional football player ever” in 2002.

A great combination of power and speed, James Nathaniel Brown was an American football player.

He created world records as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns.

10. Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is the “Greatest American Football Player” of all time.

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Apart from football he also proved his skill in other sports and in 1912 Stockholm Summer Olympics he won gold medals in pentathlon and decathlon.

His record in the decathlon wasn’t broken for about two decades. No wonder he was voted the “greatest athlete in the first half of the 20th century”.

11. Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and the all-time record of 31 major women’s titles. She reached Wimbledon finals 12 times from 1982 to 1990.

It’s not surprising that she is considered the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player of all time.

12. Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

He is the most equipped American swimmer and Olympian of all time.

He holds all-time records for 18 Olympic gold medals, 11 in individual events, 13 for individual events for male and 8 medals at the 2008 Beijing Games.

For his international titles and magnificent record-breaking performances, he became the “World Swimmer of the Year Award” 7 times and “American Swimmer of the Year Award ” 9 times.

13. Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali

Cassius Clay was outranked by Sugar Ray Robinson for the best boxer of all-time category. But He was ahead of his time.

His athletic skill including blinding speed, natural instincts, and brains made him unique from others.

He became heavyweight champ for three times. His most mentionable fights were against George Foreman and Joe Frazier.

14. Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci

She is the first female gymnast who scored a perfect 10 in an Olympic event.

The Romanian gymnast won 3 Olympic gold medals in 1976 summer Olympics as the youngest gymnast.

In 1980 Summer Olympics she won 2 more gold medals. She became the world’s most famous gymnast and later named “athlete of the century” by the Laureus World Sports Academy.

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15. Pele

Pele Famous Athletes Of All Time In The World

Edson Arantes do Nascimento is the best soccer (football) player of all time (Maradona fans can oppose). He scored 1281 goals in 1,363 matches and he won three World Cups.

16. Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson

He won world championship five times and spent a prolonged career in boxing.

He became the first fighter in history to win a Divisional World Championship 5 times when he knocked Carmen Basilio out in 1958.

He got his place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

17. Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Douglas Gretzky played hockey in the NHL from 1979 to 1999. He is thought to be the greatest hockey player ever. He has a magnificent career in which he won four Stanley Cups and 8 consecutive Hart Awards.

18. Willie Mays

Willie Mays

Willie Howard Mays Jr. is the 2nd best player in major league history.

He spent most time of his career playing for the New York and San Francisco Giants.

He won 2 MVP award and finished his career with 660 home runs. He got his place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

19. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. is an all-time NBA leading scorer.

He won 6 MVPs and 6 NBA titles. After retiring he became an actor and a basketball coach.

He also became an author and US cultural ambassador in 2012.

20. Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

She broke the conventional model of female athleticism.

She showed her outstanding skill not only in golf but also in basketball and track and field.

She was selected the “10th Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century” by ESPN but Associated Press selected him 9th.

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I worked in Los Angeles and New York in movie sets, studios, production offices and more. I also studied film and narrative at Princeton University with minors in Visual Arts and Creative Writing. Taking advantage of all this experience, I have talked about the film industry in The Huffington Post, in Tedx Talk, conferences and on my YouTube channel. But above all I can not stop watching superhero movies and annoy my friends and family with my comments of analysis and discussion.

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