Sportsmen have provided us with great entertainment over the years in a number of different sports.

It is extremely hard to compare one sportsman's achievements to another - but I have decided to give it a go.

So here's who I think are the greatest ever sportsmen to step on this planet:

11. Sir Donald Bradman

Bradman maybe the most overlooked and under rated sportsman to have ever lived. He may have played cricket 70 years ago but he is still a legend. His batting average is untouchable at 99.94 runs per innings - almost 40 runs per innings higher than number two on the list Graeme Pollock. 

There has been a lot of recent talk of India's Sachin Tendulkar being the greatest cricketer of all time. However his average is nowhere on the same level as the Australians and it's hard to ever see anyone surpassing what he done.

10. Phil Taylor

'The Power' recently took the Grand Slam of Darts tournament for the fifth time. This was no less than his 70th major tournament win. Taylor is an icon in the world of darts and has had fans jumping out of their seat with his 180s. He goes into the World Championships in December to defend his title and make it World Championship number 16.

9. AP McCoy

400 winners as a jockey in your career is a good effort. Add an extra zero to McCoy's. He recently rode Mountain Tunes to victory to bring the milestone up. He's won the National Hunt Jockeys Championship for 18 years straight and looks set to make it 19. From winning Synchronised in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to Don't Push It to win the Grand National to be awarded as BBC Sports Personality of the Year, McCoy is a legend.

8. Usain Bolt

The Jamaican has recently been named Athlete of the Year for a fifth time and there is no surprise he has. A winner of the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in both 2008 and 2012 in the Olympics along with holding the world records firmly in his individual events. Now 27, Bolt is just hitting his prime and could very well see him break his own time yet again.

7. Roger Federer

Federer lit up the tennis scene when he reached the Quarter finals of Wimbledon in 2001. He lost to Tim Henman in a very close match. Two years later Federer would go onto win the tournament and defend his title for another four years.

The Swiss' tennis has been prestigious down the years, especially his backhand. His 17 Grand Slam wins put him at the top of the list, 3 clear of Pete Sampras and was ranked number one for a stunning 304 weeks straight.

6. Sir Steve Redgrave

Rowing isn't exactly a sport every sports fan watches unless its the Oxford-Cambridge boat race or the Olympics. However everyone knows Sir Steve Redgrave. He has won a give Olympic Gold medals in five different Olympics. To do that in such an intense sport is unbelievable 

5. Tiger Woods

A two year old Eldrick Woods appeared on The Mike Douglas Show and the rest is history. He won his first major at just 22 years old. Woods has become one of the highest earning athletes in the world and even with his affairs a few years ago he's remained so popular. 14 major tournament wins to his name along with an unreal amount of prize money makes him the best golfer to have lived.

His own video games Tiger Woods PGA Tour get realised every year which highlights how iconic he is in golf.

4. Michael Jordan

Whenever some says basketball you only think about Michael Jordan. He was dropped from his High School Basketball team as his coach said he was not good enough - how wrong that move was.

From winning the NBA Championships 6 times with the Chicago Bulls to being part of the 'DreamTeam' when the USA won the Olympics in 1992, Jordan was inspirational both on and off the ball when on the court.

Jordan now owns his own clothing and shoe line with Nike name 'Air Jordan'. The fact he is still so relevant in the world today after retiring over 10 years ago justifies his #3 status.

3. Muhammad Ali

Ali may not hold a perfect record like Floyd Mayweather Jr, but Ali was electrifying. Fights with Joe Frazier dubbed as 'The Fight of the Century' and 'The Thriller in Manilla' along with his classic against George Forman that was 'The Rumble in the Jungle' are legendary.

Ali was charismatic outside of the ring with his trash talk and his rhymes that went adjacent to his show boating in the ring.

However Ali could back all of this up. He is regarded to have fought when the heavyweight division in boxing was at it's very best - and Ali dominated it for large parts. There is not a person who hasn't seen the picture of Ali standing over Sonny Liston after he ko'd him.

2. Pele

Without a doubt Pele is the best footballer to have played the beautiful game. His goalscoring record is untouchable at both club and international level, scoring 650 goals in 694 club appearances and 77 from 95 for Brazil.

He won the World Cup three times with Brazil and always played with a smile on his face. Pele done things with the ball that have never been repeated.

And the best thing about Pele was that he was a team player.

1. Jesse Owens

Many may disagree with this but hold the gun.

Owens went to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin as a black athlete. Under the Nazi regime and Hitler's belief that the Ayrian race (blonde hair blue eyes) were better, the American proved the dictator wrong.

Owens won gold in the 100m, 200m, the long jump and the 4x100m relay. He defied against the odds in a country that hated ethnic diversity. What he achieved will be legendary forever


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