SPORTbible End Of Decade Awards
It's not just the end of the year but it's also the end of the decade and that means SPORTbible are handing out End of Decade awards for the great and good of sport.
Social media moment of the decade:
Winner - It's...Rebekah Vardy's account
Coleen Rooney's reveal of a 'friend' who'd been selling stories off her Instagram stories to the Sun newspaper is one of the moments of the year and whilst recency bias may come into it a little it runs away with the title of best social media interaction. Wagatha Christie had us all enthralled.
Honourable mentions: AS Roma find missing person thanks to transfer campaign, Samir Nasri and drip doctors, Leeds United vs Pizza Hut, Sky Sports fooled by Yer Da Sells Avon transfer.
Funniest moment of the decade:
Winner - Steven Gerrard's slip
Sorry Liverpool fans but the rest of football has been laughing since 2014. Gerrard telling his teammates not to let the title slip after beating Manchester City only sets up the joke better. The slip cost the Reds and Gerrard what would have been their first Premier League title, the club will finally succeed in 2020.
Honourable mentions: Rory McIlroy needs police escort to Ryder Cup 2012 singles after oversleeping, Peter Odemwingie sits in his car outside of QPR's ground waiting for a transfer that never came.
Fight of the decade:
Winner - Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko
Joshua looking for his first massive win, Klitschko looking to bounce back after losing to Fury. First AJ knocked down Wlad but looked like he'd punched himself out. The Ukrainian came back and knocked the 2012 Olympic champion down. Finally Joshua recovered to record an 11th round stoppage in a dramatic back-and-forth humdinger.
Honourable mentions: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder, Saul Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin I, Carl Froch vs Mikkel Kessler II, Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald II, Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor II, CM Punk vs John Cena Money in the Bank.
Fighter of the decade:
Winner - Floyd Mayweather
Love him or hate him there's little doubt at Mayweather's brilliance in the ring. This decade 'Money' has won titles at two divisions and fought nine times with titles on the line, either defending or winning belts. Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Cotto, Robert Guerrero, Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana (twice), Manny Pacquiao, Andre Berto and Conor McGregor all failed to end his unbeaten run as he took it to 50-0.
Honourable mentions: Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Manny Pacquiao, Jon Jones, Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey.
Match of the decade:
Winner - Manchester City 3-2 QPR
Was tempted to just type 'Aguerooooo' and have done with but the match had everything. City led rivals United on goal difference going into the last day of the season and faced relegation threatened QPR at home, the title seemed all but over. Pablo Zabaleta gave the hosts the lead on 39 minutes but Djibril Cisse equalised just after half time. Joey Barton then got sent off and tried taking everyone with him, starting a fight with Carlos Tevez and everyone else before being dragged off the pitch. Jamie Mackie surprisingly put the visitors ahead and with United beating Sunderland the title was heading for Old Trafford, cue real drama. Edin Dzeko equalised from a corner in 92nd minute and then two minutes later Sergio Aguero won the game and title with virtually the last kick of the game. Utter scenes!
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Honourable mentions: Ryder Cup 2012, Ashes 2019 Third Test, 2019 Cricket World Cup final, Barcelona 6-1 PSG, Men's US Open final 2012 Murray vs Djokovic, Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, Germany 7-1 Brazil
Player of the decade:
Winner - Lionel Messi
Toss a coin, see where it lands. This could have gone to one of two people and pretty much no one else. Messi just edges it after, winning seven league titles with Barcelona, five Ballon d'Ors, six European Golden Shoes and breaking almost every record known to man, that Ronaldo doesn't have.
Honourable mentions: Cristiano Ronaldo
Team of the decade:
Winner - Team Sky/Ineos
Lots of contenders from all sorts of sports but at the beginning of the decade cycling was just a pastime in the UK, by the end of it Team Sky/Ineos had won the Tour de France eight times. The team added three more Grand Tour wins and dominated the sport.
Honourable mentions: New Zealand rugby union 2011-2015, Team GB 2012, Manchester City Premier League 2017/18 title winners, Leicester City Premier League title winners, Golden State Warriors 2015-2019, Real Madrid three Champions League wins in-a-row, New England Patriots 2014-2018.
Moment of the decade:
Winner - Leicester City win the Premier League title whilst partying at Jamie Vardy's house
The whole 2015/16 was a moment of brilliance from Leicester. The Foxes defied odds of 5000/1 to lead the Premier League by 10 points. Spurs were the only side capable of stopping them and faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They took a 2-0 lead but the midtable Blues fought back to draw 2-2. Jamie Vardy had invited his teammates round to watch the match and at full time they were champions. The most unlikely moment of the decade was complete.
Honourable mentions: Manchester City's first Premier League title win, Super Saturday 2012 Olympics, Tyson Fury ends Klitschko's heavyweight dominance, Andy Murray wins Wimbledon, Usain Bolt 2012 100m win, Cavs' comeback, Tiger Woods wins Masters 2019.
Sportswoman of the decade:
Winner - Serena Williams
Williams won 11 Grand Slams in the decade between 2000 and 2009 and followed it up with 13 more in the last 10 years, that means in the last decade alone she's sixth on the all time list. Only Margaret Court has won more slams than Serena all time and there's still a chance the American overtakes the Australian. Serena even won a Slam whilst pregnant. Finally the 38-year-old added five doubles slams and two Olympic gold medals. A ridiculous decade.
Honourable mentions: Simone Biles, Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes, Becky Lynch, Jessica Ennis Hill.
Sportsman of the decade:
Winner - Usain Bolt
What a career in football...Okay so not everything the Jamaican did was brilliant but on the track he was virtually untouchable. Six Olympic golds and eight world championship golds were won by Bolt in the last decade. He gave us something to believe in with the rest of athletics being a cesspit. What we wouldn't do for Bolt right now.
Honourable mentions: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Roger Federer, LeBron James, Richie McCaw, Michael van Gerwen.
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