Interested in Sport bow down in respect to the Legends.
The greatest cricketer of them all. His famous 99.94 average was proven that no sportsman anywhere in the world has ever been statistically so far ahead of the pack. He passed 200, 12 times in Test cricket, scored 100 or more 29 times in his 80 Test innings, and 117 times in just 338 first-class knocks.
His distinctive style of grimacing, head-rolling running style became famous, never more so than the 52 Olympics in Helsinki, where he topped off the 5k and 10k golds with his first marathon a couple of days later and won. Zatopek was unbeaten at 10k between 48 and 54, and he broke 18 world records.
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.
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.
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.
With 20 major championship wins to his name, the man who came to be known as the “Golden Bear” is acknowledged as the most successful golfer in history. He displaced Arnold Palmer as the world’s top player in the 1960s, winning his last US Open in 1986, 24 years after his first.
Sir Garfield Sobers
In Cricket he was the greatest all-rounder in history. An excellent fielder and versatile bowler, the West Indian was also one of the greatest batsmen of all time. His unbeaten 365 against Pakistan stood for years as the highest Test score. He also scored 36 in an over!
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.
New York Yankees Baseball Team 47-62
The ‘Bronx Bombers’ qualified for 13 of 16 World Series’ and won 10 of them. Catcher Yogi Berra has a ring for every finger as a member of all 10 titles while fellow baseball greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle were also huge components of the dynasty.
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.
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.
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.’
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”.
Alfredo di Stefano
The Pele-Maradona- Messi – Ronaldo argument may rage forever, but to some Alfredo is the greatest all-round footballer. The Argentine won five European Cups in a row with Real Madrid during the 1950s, helping European football become the powerhouse it now is but never played in a World Cup, though.