Sports personalities can be classified according to the type of sports they have participated and actively involved with. Be it tennis, boxing, cricket, baseball, swimming, soccer, or any other sports, these personalities are top-level athletes who have made their nations proud. It is difficult to become a sports personality; more difficult to hold the tag of “Evergreen Sports Personality”. This article discusses some of the top evergreen sports personalities who have ruled the genre with utmost dedication, integration, and sincerity. These individuals have been the pillars of success in their work field. They have won numerous medals for their club and nation. So, it’s no harm in remembering these great personalities and spend a few words to describe them once again.
As long the game of soccer exists in this world, Pele will be remembered. This Brazilian footballer used to rule the soccer field during the ’60s and ’70s. He is often considered to be the greatest footballer world has ever seen. Pele is also the all-time leading scorer for Brazil’s national soccer team. Pele has scored a total of 1220 goals between 1956 and 1974, a record that is yet to be broken. Pele is the only footballer to be part of the Brazilian National soccer teams that won the World Cup for three consecutive times. He is a remarkable personality, both on as well off the field.
Michael Jordan (basketball)
When it is about basketball, no one can be compared with Michael Jordan. Definitely the greatest basketball player of all time, the 6’6″ player used to dominate the game during the ’80s & ’90s. Although Michael Jordan never was successful when it came to the National level, he was the man responsible to make his club, The Chicago Bulls, a champion for three consecutive titles.
Muhammad Ali (boxing)
Before Mike Tyson became a boxing sensation and Rocky Balboa a favorite movie among all the boxers, there lived a man by the name Muhammad Ali. History remembers him as the greatest boxer the world has ever seen. In fact, Ali has been awarded the title “Sportsman of the Century” by the renowned Sports Illustrated magazine. During his illustrious career in the ’60s and ’70s, Ali fought a total of 61 fights of which he won 56 and lost 5. Now, this is surely a record, isn’t it?
Michael Schumacher (motor racing)
This man has won the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship a record 7 times. Michael Schumacher is often considered to be the greatest F1 driver of all time. He is the only F1 driver to have a total season of Podium Finishes. This achievement was accomplished by him in the year 2002. And yes, the record has not yet been broken.
Don Bradman (cricket)
The game of cricket has seen many legends and great players. But if there is anyone who sits beyond those tags of “legends” and “greats”, then it is Sir. Don Bradman. The cricketer became Australia’s role model during the time of the Great Depression. This colossus batsman had a Test career batting average of 99.94. This is one record that may not be broken. During the era when there used to rough pitches and uneven surfaces, Sir Don batted fearlessly without wearing helmets and scored runs like a machine. He ruled the game of cricket for almost three decades starting from the ’20s and ending in the ’50s.
Carl Lewis (track & field)
One of the greatest athletes of all time, Carl Lewis won 9 gold medals in the Olympic for the long jump. His career spanned from the late ’70s till the mid-’90s. The IOC named Carl Lewis as the greatest athlete of the 20th century.
Sir Steve Redgrave (rowing)
Often considered to be the greatest Olympian Britain has ever produced, Sir Steve won five times gold medal in the Olympics during his career that spanned from 1984 till 2000. He also won gold medals three times in the Commonwealth Games and nine times in the World Rowing Championship.
Roger Federer (tennis)
Although controversial, but many say that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time. Actually, records speak for him. He won 15 grand slam titles in just six years! For 302 weeks, he was at the No.1 ranking spot in the game of Tennis. His reign started in the late ’90s. He is still very much into the game with many records yet to be created.
Babe Ruth (baseball)
The legend, Babe Ruth’s basketball playing career spanned from 1914 till 1935. He was the first baseball player to win 60 home matches in a single season. This record remained intact for 30 long years.