Advert

The 50 Greatest Sports Athletes Of All Time Have Been Ranked By Fans

Published 
| Last updated 

The 50 Greatest Sports Athletes Of All Time Have Been Ranked By Fans

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been crowned the best sports athlete of all time in a star-studded list.

The 'Greatest' is widely considered the best boxer in history and arguably the most iconic sports star of the 20th century.

And fans over at Ranker voted Ali to be at the top of the pile ahead of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Ali secured a whopping 47,187 upvotes from fans over at the site, putting him well clear of Gretzky's 29,393 upvotes.

Advert

Also finishing inside the top 20 included Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, LA Lakers star LeBron James and boxing legend Mike Tyson.

Posted below are the top 50 athletes of all time, according to fans.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

50. Magdalena Forsberg (skiing)

Advert

49. Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (football)

48. Fritz Walter (football)

47. Katrin Davidsdottir (CrossFit athlete)

46. Ivan Lendl (tennis)

Advert

45. Goran Ivanisevic (tennis)

44. Pele (football)

43. Sally McLellan (track and field athlete)

42. Sugar Ray Leonard (boxing)

Advert

41. Mario Lemieux (ice hockey)

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

40. Georges Miez (gymnast)

39. Tony Hawk (skateboarding)

Advert

38. George Foreman (boxing)

37. Marc Girardelli (skiing)

36. Rafael Nadal (tennis)

35. Michael Johnson (sprinting)

34. Zvonimir Boban (football)

33. Nicklas Lidstrom (ice hockey)

32. Annemarie Moser-Proll (skiing)

31. Niki Lauda (F1)

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

30. Matti Nykanen (ski jumping)

29. Rocky Marciano (boxing)

28. Lou Gehrig (baseball)

27. Joe DiMaggio (baseball)

26. Jack Nicklaus (golf)

25. Monica Seles (tennis)

24. Martina Navratilova (tennis)

23. Ayrton Senna (F1)

22. Bjorn Daehlie (skiing)

21. Larry Bird (basketball)

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

20. Janica Kostelic (skiing)

19. Babe Ruth (baseball)

18. Jesse Owens (track and field athlete)

17. Lionel Messi (football)

16. Bill Russell (basketball)

15. Diego Maradona (football)

14. Michael Phelps (swimming)

13. LeBron James (basketball)

12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (basketball)

11. Magic Johnson (basketball)

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

10. Mike Tyson (boxing)

9. Wilt Chamberlain (basketball)

8. Serena Williams (tennis)

7. Michael Jordan (basketball)

6. Joe Montana (American football)

5. Carl Lewis (track and field athlete)

4. Usain Bolt (sprinting)

3. Roger Federer (tennis)

2. Wayne Gretzky (ice hockey)

1. Muhammad Ali (boxing)

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

You can find the complete list, which features over 100 sports athletes, over at Ranker.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Golf, Mike Tyson, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Serena Williams, roger federer, Boxing, F1, muhammad ali, ice hockey, NFL, Michael Jordan, Usain Bolt

Adnan Riaz
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

Manchester United Fan Got Roberto Firmino's Shirt After 5-0 Hammering Against Liverpool

23 minutes ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

Virgil Van Dijk Chested Cristiano Ronaldo After Incident With Curtis Jones, He Didn't Want It

17 hours ago