Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated Judd Trump 18–13 to win his seventh World Snooker Championship over the weekend, equalling the record of Scot Stephen Hendry, cementing his place as the sport’s greatest ever player.
In the process, he became the oldest ever player to win the Championship at 46 years and 146 days.
O’Sullivan has also delivered the most ranking titles (39), most Triple Crowns (21), most UK Championships (7), most Masters titles (7), most career centuries (1,170) and most maximum breaks (15).
He also has the record for the fastest ever break made.
While Snooker’s GOAT is nailed on, some other sports are up for debate.
Therefore, we have decided to look at 18 different sports and name who we think is the GOAT in that particular sport.
This is all a matter of our opinion, readers are allowed to disagree, and nothing is set in stone.
Tennis – Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams
Serena Williams is the undoubted GOAT in her division. The icon has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, and three doubles gold medals at the Olympics.
Football – Lionel Messi
The great debate, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. This is an unwinnable fight and will never be settled. Some argue Messi is more naturally gifted and CR7’s success has come thanks to his dedication.
CR7 has reinvented himself at several different clubs and both men will go down as the two greatest that have ever lived.
However, Messi has seven Ballon d’Ors to Ronaldo’s five, that makes him the GOAT in our eyes.
Boxing – Floyd Mayweather
Polls will suggest Muhammed Ali or Sugar Ray Robinson.
For us, though, it is Floyd Mayweather.
Floyd won titles in five categories and he faced and defeated 23 of The Ring’s ‘top 10’ fighters in their divisions.
Out with his fighting record, his unsurpassed box-office returns alone make him the GOAT.
Athletics – Usain Bolt
“Lightning Bolt” is arguably the greatest athlete of all time.
An eight-time Olympic gold medallist. The fastest man ever and record holder in 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay.
He retired in 2017, and it has been questioned if he will ever be beaten.
Erriyon Knighton may have his say on that in the future…
Basketball – Michael Jordan
While statistics suggest LeBron is a better basketball player than Jordan, MJ has the accolades to make him the GOAT.
An argument can be made that MJ played in a weak league, however, the same argument could be made for the conference LeBron has played in, with the East conference trailing the West for the most part of LeBron’s career.
Golf – Tiger Woods
Eighty two PGA Tour wins, 15 major championships. The only ever player to win four consecutive majors and PGA Tour Player of the Year a record 10 times.
F1 – Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has equalled and is likely to surpass Schumacher for Drivers’ Championships.
He has the most wins (103), pole positions (103) and podium finishes (183).
Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar
His records may never be broken. Tendulkar holds the record of the highest run-scorer of all time in international cricket and is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries.
NFL – Tom Brady
There’s no other option, right?
MMA - Georges St-Pierre
He is a great role model and can do about anything.
His hard work, personality and statistics make him an unquestioned contender for GOAT.
Swimming – Michael Phelps
No question. The most decorated ever Olympian with 28 medals, 23 of which are gold.
Baseball – Babe Ruth
An MLB career spanning 22 seasons, Ruth won seven World Series Championships.
Rugby – Richie McCaw
McCaw played 148 times for The All Blacks and had everything as a player.
Two-time World Cup-winning captain in 2011 and 2015, and played in 2003 and 2007. Named World Rugby Player of the Year three times, in 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Darts – Phil Taylor
The Power dominated the sport for decades, winning 214 professional tournaments and 85 major titles. The 16-time world champion will forever be spoken about when it comes to darts.
WWE – Chris Jericho
The Rock for his career, superstar power and mic skills.
However, Chris Jericho has gone against the hands of time and reinvented his character several times.
He is brilliant on the mic and is a great in-ring performer.
He has been in the business for decades and remains relevant, albeit his in-ring skills are not what they once were.
His longevity is up there with The Undertaker, and he is the first-ever Undisputed Champion.
It is an opinion I have had for a few years now, and recently Kurt Angle has agreed. Who can argue with an Olympian?