Great Sportsmen

by johndavies007 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

To add: Jahangir Khan. Suggestions welcome

1. Roger Federer

Self | The Argentine Miracle of Tennis

Federer is the former #1 ranked tennis player in the world, having held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

He won the Indesit ATP 2004 Race on September 14. The ATP confirmed that his lead was insurmountable, marking what is believed to be the earliest a player has locked up...

2. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

3. Pelé

Actor | A Minor Miracle

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...

4. Michael Jordan

Actor | Space Jam

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to ...

5. Michael Phelps

Self | Unfiltered

Michael Fred Phelps II was born in Towson, Maryland, to Deborah Sue (Davisson), a middle school principal, and Michael Fred Phelps, a state trooper. Before the 2004 Olympics started, rumor had it that 19 year-old Phelps was thinking of trying to match or even surpass Mark Spitz's legendary seven ...

6. Jim Thorpe

Writer | Jim Thorpe -- All-American

Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was ...

7. Usain Bolt

Producer | The Boy Who Learned to Fly

Usain Saint Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World...

8. Eddy Merckx

Self | La course en tête

Édouard Louis Joseph, Baron Merckx (born 17 June 1945), better known as Eddy Merckx, is a Belgian former professional road and track bicycle racer. Eddy Merckx is the undisputed greatest cyclist of all time. He was born in Meensel-Kiezegem, Brabant, Belgium. He grew up in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre where ...

9. Lionel Messi

Self | Think For Yourself

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or five times, four of them consecutively. Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone ...

10. Don Bradman

Self | The Flying Doctor

Generally regarded as the greatest cricketer ever to play the game, Don Bradman averaged 99.94 runs per innings during his illustrious career. He continued to play test cricket until the age of 40, when in 1948 he led an Australian team touring England, UK. The team did not lose a match on that ...

11. Carl Lewis

Actor | Alien Hunter

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.

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12. Haile Gebrselassie

Self | Endurance

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian distance runner. He was born in the city of Bekoji, in the Arsi region of central Ethiopia. In the 10,000m competition he has 2 Olympic gold medals, 4 World Championships, and held the world record until it was broken by compatriot Kenenisa Bekele. He won the ...

13. Wayne Gretzky

Actor | Robotropolis

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One, " is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all-time. At the time of his retirement at the end of the 1998-99 NHL season he was the NHL's all-time scoring leader in Goals, Assists & Points in both the regular season & Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led ...

14. Tom Brady

Actor | Entourage

Tom Brady was born on August 3, 1977 in San Mateo, California, to Galynn Patricia (Johnson) and Thomas Edward Brady, who owns a financial planning business. His father is of Irish descent and his mother is of Norwegian-Swedish and Polish ancestry. He attended Junipero Serra High School, the same ...

15. Tiger Woods

Actor | Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden : Puddy McFadden License to Golf

At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champ and the first golfer since Jerry Pate in 1976 to win in the first major he played. In 1997, Woods took the lead at the Augusta golf classic and then put on a golf clinic never seen before. He fired a 3-under-par 69 and broke the tournament 72...

16. Jesse Owens

Self | XIV Olympiad: The Glory of Sport

Jesse Owens, arguably the most popular American track and field star in history, was -- along with his contemporary, world's heavyweight champion Joe Louis -- one of the first African Americans to change white society's perception of both black athletes and, more importantly, people of color. The ...

17. Rod Laver

Producer | 2018 Laver Cup

Possibly the greatest tennis player of all time. Winner of two Grand Slams, one Pro Slam and at least 199 tournaments, winner of 11 major titles. The amount of major titles probably would have been far more if he was not banned from playing in the majors from 1963 to 1967 and part of 1968 because ...

18. Babe Ruth

Actor | Speedy

Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in...

19. Michael Schumacher

Actor | Cars

Michael Schumacher is a German retired racing driver. He is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time. He was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year twice.

Schumacher holds many of Formula One's driver records, including ...

20. Jim Brown

Actor | Mars Attacks!

Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film ...

21. Paavo Nurmi

Actor | Sano se suomeksi

Paavo Nurmi was born on June 13, 1897 in Turku, Finland as Paavo Johannes Nurmi. He was an actor, known for Sano se suomeksi (1931), Polyteekkarifilmi (1924) and Finlandia (1922). He died on October 2, 1973 in Helsinki, Finland.

22. Sachin Tendulkar

Self | Sachin

Sachin is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

He is the leading run-scorer and century maker in Test and One Day International cricket

Sachin Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time, and arguably the biggest cricket icon as ...

23. Sugar Ray Robinson

Actor | Candy

Born Walker Smith, Jr., he borrowed the name of a fighter named Ray Robinson to box as an amateur so his mother wouldn't find out. Undefeated as an amateur boxer, 85-0, with 69 knockouts, 42 of them in the first round. Turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights. Lost his first fight by decision...

25. LeBron James

Actor | Trainwreck

LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA as LeBron Raymone James. He is a producer and actor, known for Trainwreck (2015), Shooting Stars and Space Jam 2. He has been married to Savannah Brinson James since September 14, 2013. They have three children.

26. Jack Nicklaus

Actor | Shell's Wonderful World of Golf

Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over...

27. Joe Louis

Actor | This Is the Army

Joe Louis is considered by many fistic experts and fans as the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the sport's history. Born into a poor family, Joe Louis's mother felt the only way her son could escape poverty was through music. She bought him a violin and sent him off daily to lessons. On his...

28. Naim Suleymanoglu

Self | 100 Years of Olympic Glory

Naim Suleymanoglu was born on January 23, 1967 in Ptichar, Bulgaria as Naim Suleimanov. He died on November 18, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.

29. Johan Cruyff

Self | Il profeta del gol

Johan Cruyff (or Cruijffie) is voted the best European soccer player of the twentieth century (and the second best worldplayer). He started his career with AJAX Amsterdam and led them to 4 European finals of which 3 were won (1971/1972/1973). In 1973 Cruyff joined Barcelona (for a the then ...

30. Dhyan Chand

Dhyan Chand (29 August 1905 - 3 December 1979) was an Indian field hockey player, who is widely considered as the greatest field hockey player of all time. Chand is most remembered for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals (1928, 1932, and 1936) in ...

31. Rafael Nadal

Cinematographer | Little Talks

Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Baleric Islands, Spain as Rafael Nadal Parera. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Little Talks (2017), Shakira: Gypsy (2010) and Wimbledon (1937).

32. Cristiano Ronaldo

Actor | Striker Force 7

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro. Cristiano has an elder brother, Hugo and two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His name was inspired by the former US-president, Ronald Reagan, whom ...

33. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Producer | The Boy

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest boxer of his era, undefeated as a professional, and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four...

34. Juan Manuel Fangio

Transportation_department | Grand Prix

Juan Manuel Fangio was considered one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, thanks in part to his five World Championships that he won during the 1950s. He was son of an Italian immigrant, who moved to Argentina at the turn of the century. Fangio worked in a garage at an early age and was ...

35. Gary Sobers

Actor | Two Gentlemen Sharing

Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, AO, OCC (born 28 July 1936), also known as Gary or Garry Sobers, is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974, and is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder.

Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, Sobers made his first-class debut ...

36. Ayrton Senna

Self | Formula 1

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil to a wealthy family. When he was four years old his father Milton bought him a go-kart, and by age eight Ayrton was regularly competing in karting events. His career progressed quickly, and in 1982 he moved to England to pursue his racing. In 1984...

37. Diego Armando Maradona

Actor | ¡Qué linda es mi familia!

Diego Maradona was widely regarded as the best footballer in the world in the 1980s and his crowning achievement was his World Cup win with Argentina in 1986. He started his career at Argentinos Juniors and played his first game for Argentina in 1977, although he missed out on becoming part of the ...

38. Sergei Bubka

Self | Estadio 2

Sergei Bubka was born on December 4, 1963 in Voroshilovgrad, Ukrainian SSR, USSR.

39. Valentino Rossi

Actor | MotoGP

Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is considered to be the greatest and one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name - seven of which are in the premier class.

Following ...

40. Wilt Chamberlain

Actor | Conan the Destroyer

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a ...

41. Bo Jackson

Actor | The Pandora Project

Bo Jackson was born on Nov. 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama He was a 6' 1", 222 pounds tailback. He graduated from McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala., and attended Auburn from 1982-85. He went on to play football for the Los Angeles Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago ...

42. Emil Zátopek

Self | Nejlepsí tip

Emil Zátopek was a Czechoslovak long-distance runner best known for winning three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres runs, but his final medal came when he decided at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. He...

43. Mark Spitz

Actor | Emergency!

Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps, who won eight golds at ...

44. Jean-Claude Killy

Actor | Snow Job

Jean-Claude Killy was born on August 30, 1943 in Saint-Cloud, Seine-et-Oise [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is an actor, known for Snow Job (1972), 13 Days in France (1968) and The Ed Sullivan Show (1948). He was previously married to Danièle Gaubert.

45. Lawrence Taylor

Actor | Any Given Sunday

Lawrence Taylor was born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as Lawrence Julius Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), The Waterboy (1998) and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002). He has been married to Lynette Rose Gordon since July 7, 2007. He was ...

46. Kobe Bryant

Actor | Daddy's Home

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He is a producer and writer, known for Daddy's Home (2015), Dear Basketball (2017) and Detail (2018). He has been married to Vanessa Laine Bryant since April 18, 2001. They have three children.

47. Fausto Coppi

Self | Totò al giro d'Italia

Fausto Coppi was born on September 15, 1919 in Castellania, Piedmont, Italy. He died on January 2, 1960 in Tortona, Piedmont.

48. Gareth Edwards

Self | Barry Welsh Is Coming

Sir Gareth Owen Edwards CBE (born 12 July 1947) is a Welsh former rugby union player who played scrum-half and has been described by the BBC as "arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey".

In 2003, in a poll of international rugby players conducted by Rugby World magazine, Edwards was ...



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