Sport's Bests

by morales_gus | created - 20 Nov 2017 | updated - 21 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Michael Jordan

Actor | Space Jam

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to ...

Basketball

2. LeBron James

Actor | Trainwreck

LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA as LeBron Raymone James. He is a producer and actor, known for Trainwreck (2015), Smallfoot (2018) and Survivor's Remorse (2014). He has been married to Savannah Brinson James since September 14, 2013. They have three children.

Basketball

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Actor | Airplane!

Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (...

Basketball

4. Magic Johnson

Producer | Obsessed

Magic Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Earvin Johnson. He is an actor and producer, known for Obsessed (2009), Hair Show (2004) and Dead Tone (2007). He has been married to Cookie Johnson since September 14, 1991. They have two children.

Basketball

5. Wilt Chamberlain

Actor | Conan the Destroyer

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a ...

Basketball

6. Pelé

Actor | Victory

Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...

Soccer

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

Director | Commercial for SFR TV

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro. Cristiano has an elder brother, Hugo and two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His name was inspired by the former US-president, Ronald Reagan, whom ...

Soccer

8. Diego Armando Maradona

Actor | ¡Qué linda es mi familia!

Diego Maradona was widely regarded as the best footballer in the world in the 1980s and his crowning achievement was his World Cup win with Argentina in 1986. He started his career at Argentinos Juniors and played his first game for Argentina in 1977, although he missed out on becoming part of the ...

Soccer

9. Lionel Messi

Actor | Shakira Feat. Carlinhos Brown: La La La - Brazil 2014

Lionel Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or five times, four of them consecutively. Born and raised in central Argentina, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone ...

Soccer

10. Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Actor | Kickboxer: Retaliation

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and ambassador for Spanish club Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a forward or a winger. He played the bulk of his career at ...

Soccer

11. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

Boxing

12. Mike Tyson

Actor | The Hangover

One of the most frightening human beings ever to step into the boxing ring, Mike Tyson was the model of the supreme gladiator - unbeaten and unbeatable. Never before had one individual captured the attention of the wider world via sport except Muhammad Ali.

Michael Gerard Tyson was born in Brooklyn,...

Boxing

13. Sugar Ray Robinson

Actor | Candy

Born Walker Smith, Jr., he borrowed the name of a fighter named Ray Robinson to box as an amateur so his mother wouldn't find out. Undefeated as an amateur boxer, 85-0, with 69 knockouts, 42 of them in the first round. Turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights. Lost his first fight by decision...

Boxing

14. Joe Louis

Actor | This Is the Army

Joe Louis is considered by many fistic experts and fans as the greatest Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the sport's history. Born into a poor family, Joe Louis's mother felt the only way her son could escape poverty was through music. She bought him a violin and sent him off daily to lessons. On his...

Boxing

15. Rocky Marciano

Actor | College Confidential

Rocky Marciano was the only undefeated boxing champion in any weight division (until Joe Calzaghe retired 46-0 in 2009). At the end of his career he was 49-0, with 43 of his victories coming by knockouts. Rocky made his boxing debut in 1947 at the age of 24 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, by knocking ...

Boxing

16. Anderson Silva

Actor | Never Surrender

Anderson is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion. Silva was the UFC's longest reigning champion and also holds the longest winning and title defense streak in UFC history, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses, and is the consensus No. 1 pound-for-pound ...

MMA

17. Fedor Emelianenko

Actor | Klyuch salamandry

Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (born September 28, 1976) Fedor is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He is the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship, Pride 2004 Grand Prix winner, four time ...

MMA

18. Georges St-Pierre

Actor | Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Georges St-Pierre was born on May 19, 1981 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is an actor and producer, known for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016) and Never Surrender (2009).

MMA

19. Matt Hughes

Actor | UFC 25 Years in Short

Matt Hughes was born on October 13, 1973 in Hillsboro, Illinois, USA. He is an actor, known for UFC 25 Years in Short (2018), Kingdom (2014) and UFC 200 Greatest Fighters of All Time (2016).

MMA

20. Royce Gracie

Actor | The Scorpion King: The Lost Throne

Royce Gracie, of the legendary Gracie family, is one of the most prolific and influential MMA fighters in history. He became an 'underdog' hero while changing the landscape of combat sports and revolutionizing martial arts forever. After winning the first UFC Tournament(s) (UFC1, UFC2, UFC4), he ...

MMA

21. Usain Bolt

Producer | The Boy Who Learned to Fly

Usain Saint Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World...

Running

Running

23. Tyson Gay

Self | First: The Official Film of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Tyson Gay was born on August 9, 1982 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Running

24. Asafa Powell

Self | I Am Bolt

Commander of the Order of Distinction of Jamaica (unknown date 2008).

Running

25. Justin Gatlin

Self | The Runner

Justin Gatlin was born on February 10, 1982 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

Running

26. Michael Phelps

Actor | Suits

Michael Fred Phelps II was born in Towson, Maryland, to Deborah Sue (Davisson), a middle school principal, and Michael Fred Phelps, a state trooper. Before the 2004 Olympics started, rumor had it that 19 year-old Phelps was thinking of trying to match or even surpass Mark Spitz's legendary seven ...

Swimming

27. Ian Thorpe

Producer | Streamline

As a child, Ian Thorpe grew tired of watching his older sister, Christina, swim in competitions. He decided to take up swimming so that he would not be bored. But Ian, who would later become one of the greatest swimmers the world has ever known, had to first over come an allergy to chlorine. By the...

Swimming

28. Mark Spitz

Actor | Emergency!

Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is an American former competition swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps, who won eight golds at ...

Swimming

29. Alexander Popov

Self | Marathon

Alexander Popov was born on November 16, 1971 in Volgograd, USSR.

Swimming

30. Roger Federer

Self | The Argentine Miracle of Tennis

Federer is the former #1 ranked tennis player in the world, having held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

He won the Indesit ATP 2004 Race on September 14. The ATP confirmed that his lead was insurmountable, marking what is believed to be the earliest a player has locked up...

Tennis

31. Novak Djokovic

Producer | The Game Changers

Novak Djokovic OSS born 22 May 1987 is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked number one in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles: seven Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles and one ...

Tennis

32. Rafael Nadal

Cinematographer | Little Talks

Rafael Nadal was born on June 3, 1986 in Manacor, Baleric Islands, Spain as Rafael Nadal Parera. He is an actor and cinematographer, known for Little Talks (2017), Shakira: Gypsy (2010) and Wimbledon (1937). He has been married to Maria Perello since October 19, 2019.

Tennis

33. Bo Jackson

Actor | The Pandora Project

Bo Jackson was born on Nov. 30, 1962, in Bessemer, Alabama He was a 6' 1", 222 pounds tailback. He graduated from McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala., and attended Auburn from 1982-85. He went on to play football for the Los Angeles Raiders and baseball for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago ...

Football

34. Babe Ruth

Actor | Speedy

Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in...

Baseball

35. Willie Mays

Soundtrack | About Last Night

Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, USA as Willie Howard Mays. He is an actor, known for About Last Night (2014), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). He was previously married to Mae Louise Allen and Margherite Wendell Chapman.

Baseball

36. Barry Bonds

Actor | Nash Bridges

Barry Bonds was born on July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He is known for his outstanding abilities on the baseball diamond, where he has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times. While playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates he received a cameo appearance in the baseball ...

Baseball

37. Ted Williams

Self | Your Hit Parade

Theodore Samuel Williams was born in San Diego, California, on August 30, 1918. He signed a contract at the age of 18 in 1936 with the Boston Red Sox baseball team. He was assigned to their farm team in San Diego. In 1939 he made his Major League Baseball debut, where he set the record for most ...

Baseball

38. Hank Aaron

Actor | MacGyver

Baseball's all-time home run king, Hank Aaron did more than hit home runs. Sure, Aaron led the National League (NL) four times, he also was a two-time batting champion and led the league in RBIs four times and runs scored three times. He won the NL's Most Valuable Player award in 1957 and has a ...

Baseball

39. Wayne Gretzky

Actor | D2: The Mighty Ducks

Wayne Gretzky, nicknamed "The Great One, " is widely considered the greatest hockey player of all-time. At the time of his retirement at the end of the 1998-99 NHL season he was the NHL's all-time scoring leader in Goals, Assists & Points in both the regular season & Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led ...

Hockey

40. Karch Kiraly

Actor | Spiker

Karch Kiraly was born on November 3, 1960 in Jackson, Michigan, USA. He is an actor, known for Spiker (1986), Baywatch (1989) and Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal (1997).

Volleyball

41. Giba

Self | Paraíso Tropical

Giba was born on December 23, 1976 in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil as Gilberto Amauri Godoy Filho.

Volleyball

42. Kelly Slater

Actor | Surf's Up

Kelly Slater was born on February 11, 1972 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA as Robert Kelly Slater. He is a professional surfer on the ASP World Tour. He is also an actor and producer, known for The Ultimate Wave Tahiti (2010), Waveriders (2008), Down the Barrel (2007) and Bra Boys (2007)

Surf

Long Jump

45. Jim Thorpe

Actor | Trailin' West

Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was ...

Baseball, football, basketball, pentathlon and decathlon



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