Who are the most famous athletes in the world? The answer might surprise you. It surprises many people because there is such a wide range of categories that the answer could easily be considered “all-time favorites”. However, a large majority of people who consider themselves sports fanatics believe that there are certain criteria that they use to sort through the list. Let’s take a look at the top 10 most famous athletes in the world.
We can start by examining the most famous athletes in the world right now. The first person on the list is none other than the most famous athlete of all time, Federer. For most of his career, tennis has been Federer’s game. He has won the French, Wimbledon, US open, British Open, and numerous other major tournaments. Federer has also captured five Masters titles, the most by any man in the history of the game.
While tennis may be his bread and butter, another man who has been dominating the game of tennis for years is Andre Agassi. A two time US open and four times Australian open champion, Agassi has swept the US open multiple times, most by an individual other than a male player. Not only is he a five time Grand slam champion, he has also captured five times in the Australian open, most by an Australian player. Andre is currently ranked number seven in the world and has become the second all time highest paid tennis player after Roger Federer.
Next on the all-time list is Michael Jordan. Not only was he a great basketball player, he was also a professional sportswoman as well. He spent a majority of his career with the national team and has captured numerous US open and Australian open trophies. He is the all-time leading goal scorer in the men’s team with 50 goals and has also won the most golds with the US open.
Some may argue that the all-time great Andre Agassi does not deserve to be in the top ten because he does not hold any major tournament trophies. The argument could be that Andre has never reached the heights of Federer or Pete Sampras despite winning multiple French Opens and the US open titles. However, one must also consider that both of those players have established themselves into great competitors and their achievements are not stemming from pure talent. Andre has become a true competitor by consistently standing up for himself and going the extra mile for his team mates. This has earned him the respect of not only his peers, but most importantly, his fans.
Coming in at a respectable number twenty-two is Roger Federer. Federer is tennis’s all time leading figure and is considered to be the best tennis player of all time. In fact, he holds the all time Wimbledon title and the US open. Roger has also won seven Grand Slam trophies, the most of any male player in the world. While many would attribute this to dominance on the tennis court, there is more to it than that.
If there is one sport that can be placed into the category of most famous athletes in the world, it is definitely football. Football has long been a popular sport and continues to be so. There are many superstars such as Pele and Diego Maradona, to name just two. In addition, legends like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and John Elway have created lasting images in the minds of football fans all over the world.