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Manchester United 1999
Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1999 Manchester United side with Peter Schmeichel in goal, Roy Keane enforcing in midfield and Dwight Yorke providing the goals, the team won the league by a point from Arsenal and beat Newcastle 2-0 in the FA Cup final. Their crowning glory was victory in the Champions League final.
Sir Ian Botham
Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE is a former England Test cricketer and Test team captain. He was a genuine all-rounder with 14 centuries and 383 wickets in Test cricket, and remains well known by his nickname “Beefy”. He was made a knight in recognition of his services to charity.
The “Black Pearl” is maybe the most exciting rugby talent ever to grace the game. Serge Blanco is the very epitome of all that’s best of French rugby, willingness to attack or counterattack from anywhere at any time. Blanco made the sport look easy for 93 Tests between 1980-91.
A giant bear of a man, Ruth played from 1914-35, was a legendary right-fielder for the NY Yankees, decent pitcher, and, most vitally, colossal bat: his record of 714 homers stood nearly 40 years. His off field antics of rabble-rousing, drinking, sex and gambling added to the legend.
Brazil Football Team 1970
Brazil became the first country to win three World Cup titles in 1970, Their team is often described as the best ever to walk the planet. With Carlos Alberto, winger Jairzinho, and the legendary Pele up front. Mario Zagallo’s side beat Italy 4-1 in the World Cup final.
George was a professional footballer who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland. In 68 he won the European Cup with United, and named the European Footballer of the Year. The man was known as the fifth Beatle. Pele called him ‘ the greatest player on Earth’.
Boston Celtics Basketball Team 1957- 1969
The Celtics claimed 11 of 13 NBA championships (including eight straight between 1959-1966) in this remarkable era, leaving their opponents green with envy. While the cigar smoking Auerbach drew up the plays, the great Bill Russell was the main man on court, supported by slick dribbling Bob Cousy and sweet shooting John Havlicek.
Sir Stanley Matthews
The Wizard of the Dribble employed his devastating body swerve to good effect at the top level for more than 30 years, playing for Stoke at 50. Famously and finally won an FA Cup winner’s medal for Blackpool in 1953, in a match now known as “The Matthews final”.
The measure of a man is often the effect he has on others. The death of Senna in 1994 brought to an abrupt halt a career of huge success, genius and controversy. He was renowned for his fast laps, mastery of the wet and his charisma. The 3 time world champion’s absence is still felt.
All-American girl Evans with her distintive windmill stroke and fantastic endurance set world records that stood for years. In 87, age 15, she broke the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle marks, and went on to win three golds in Seoul The most impressive was the 800m time, which lasted 19 years and 4 Games.
For a decade he dominated but Lewis’s defining time was the ’84 LA Olympics, where he won everything he entered: 100m, 200m, relay and long jump, the first to do it since his hero Jesse Owens. The long jump was often seen as his bonus event, but he was equally dominant in the field.
winning a championship in every class – 125cc, 250cc, 500cc and MotoGP, claiming back-to-back championships with different manufacturers or amassing 100 Grand Prix victories for seven World Championships, no other rider in modern racing has achieved so much. When you are known as ‘The Doctor’, you know you are a legend.
During the past decades of African dominance in distance running, Gebrselassie stands out, with his bouncy running style, and habit of winning races by huge margins while breaking practically every world record possible for him. His massive medal haul includes two Olympic 10,000m golds. He also broke the Marathon World Record as well.
Jackie Robinson (42)
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was a MLB second baseman who became the first African American to play in the major leagues in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Spain Football Team 2008-2012
In the world’s most competitive sport, Spain won three consecutive major trophies, the 2008 and 2012 Euros with the small matter of the 2010 World Cup sandwiched in between. Not only did they win but they won in style and by creating a new footballing method: the high-tempo, short passing ‘tiki-taka.’
King’s 12 singles and 16 doubles Majors in the 1960s and ’70s scarcely tell the whole story. She was an agitator when tennis was run by men for men, founding the WTA and battling to be taken seriously. In 1973 Billie won the Battle of the Sexes against former world No.1 Bobby Riggs.
Ronnie O’Sullivan OBE
One of the most successful snooker players in the sport, he is regarded as the most naturally gifted player in snooker history. He is also noted for his mercurial temperament and for his ambivalent relationship with the sport. Has been World number 1 and at present has won 5 World Championships. Legend.