Top 50 Sports Personalities of All Time (part 1)

Here we have compiled a list of 50 famous sporting personalities of all time. We picked up these great sportsmen and sportswomen from various sports, such as football, baseball, athletics, cycling, gymnastics, boxing, and more. Now let’s start.

1. Muhammad Ali (US, boxing)

Muhammad Ali was an Olympic champion and world heavyweight champion. He dominated the sport with his formidable personality and athletic prowess. Although his opposition to the Vietnam war made him a controversial figure that day, he became an iconic man who inspired millions with his deep convictions, wit, courage, as well as strong efforts to unite people.

2. Usain Bolt (Jamaica, athletics)

Usain Bolt set the world record for 100m and 200m. He won triple Olympic gold at the Olympic Games in 2008, 2012, 2016, which makes him one of the most decorated Olympians.

3. Pele (Brazil, footballer)

Being the winner of three World Cups with Brazil, Pele was regarded the greatest footballer of the century, having scored 1281 goals in 1363 matches. Pele has been a global ambassador for sport since his retirement, and he is also a famous advocate of overcoming poverty.

4. Carl Lewis (US, athletics)

Carl Lewis was a nine-time Olympic gold medalist. He won gold medals in three Olympic Games and was the greatest star of 1980s track and field.

5. Sir Donald Bradman (Australia, cricket)

Donald Bradman was one of the greatest batsmen in the game of cricket, who was way ahead of any other Test batsmen.

6. Jesse Owens (the US, athletics)

Jesse Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, which helped to break Hitler’s pride. He remained a great ambassador for the sport, in spite of suffering discrimination in his own country.

7. Billie Jean King (the US, tennis)

Billie Jean King won up to 38 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles titles. She was an early advocate of equality for women and won the well-known battle of the sexes against Bobby Riggs in 1973.

Biography of Paula Radcliffe

Paula Jane Radcliffe is an English pro runner, who currently holds the world record for the women’s marathon. She set the record during the London Marathon in 2003, with a time of 2:15.25. She also won gold medal at the World Championships in Helsinki for the marathon in 2005.

Paula Radcliffe was born in Northwich, Cheshire, on December 17, 1973. She then grew up in Bedfordshire, joining Bedford Athletic Club, where she showed standout talent. In 1992, Paula won the World Junior Cross-country title. In 1995, competing in the 5000 meters, she finished fifth in the World Championships. She became famous for her pace-making style: running hard from the start with head bobbing from side to side.

Missing medals in the shorter distances encouraged Paula to increase her distance and she decided to move up to the marathon distance in 2002. This was more suitable to her talents and she gained considerable success at this distance. That year, she won the London Marathon and also set a world record in the Chicago Marathon.

In 2003, she broke her own world record in New York, reducing the time to 2:15:25. Later she has set some of the fastest times in the women’s marathon race.

She was a firm favorite for the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon. But her preparation was disrupted due to a leg injury and a stomach upset. In spite of struggling to keep down food, she entered the marathon but finally had to withdraw in tears at 36 km. This made national headlines and she admitted it was difficult to let people down. She later said that the experience proved a motivating factor.

After that, she came back to form and won the New York marathon in 2004 and the London marathon in 2005. But the London marathon was also an unfortunate incident, when she stopped by side of road due to stomach cramps. 2005 was the year witnessed her first gold medal in an international championship in Helsinki, Finland. The Olympics have proved to be a disappointing experience for her. In Beijing 2008, she finished 23rd after cramping in the race and then in London 2012, she had to withdraw once again due to a leg injury. In 2015, after finishing the London Marathon, Paura retired from athletics.

Paula is also known for her strong anti-doping stance. She even wore a red ribbon to emphasize her support for blood testing to catch dopers.

Ronaldinho Biography

Today, we will continue with the biography of Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, who is considered one of the best players of his generation.

Childhood & Early Life

Ronaldinho was born as Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, in the city of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on March 21, 1980. His mother named Elói Assis dos Santos is a sales assistant while his father named João de Assis Moreira is a shipyard worker and a football player for a local club.

Ronaldinho inherited the passion of his father for football. He started playing organized football when he was a child. Unfortunately, when he was eight years old, his father died of a heart attack.

He then became an active player in a local youth club with the nickname “Ronaldinho” during this time. When he was 13 years old, Ronaldinho first came into limelight with a total of 23 goals in a 23-0 victory against another local team.

In 1997, he was chosen for the Under-17 Brazilian national team and helped his team win the FIFA Under-17 World Championship in Egypt. 

He inked his first professional deal with Gremio and made his senior debut during the Copa Libertadores 1998.

Awards & Achievements

Ronaldinho received two La Liga Foreign Player of the Year, known as Don Balón Award, in the 2003-2004 season and the 2005-2006 season. 

He was also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Besides, he achieved the inaugural FIFPro World Player of the Year in 2005. In the same time, he was named the European Footballer of the Year. 

Ronaldinho also featured in the “FIFA 100,” the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé.

Personal Life & Legacy

Ronaldinho has close relationships with his brother Roberto, who acts as his manager, and his sister Deisi, who acts as his press coordinator. 

He married with Brazilian dancer Janaína Mendes. They have a son João.

Chris Froome Biography (part 2)

Due to his unbelievable high level of performance, there were doubts about whether he used performance-enhancing drugs. In an effort to deny those doubts, Froome showed out the results of his physiological tests after the 2015 Tour.

One year later, he became the first Tour de France winner in more than 20 years to defend his title successfully in spite of crashing twice, having to sprint uphill on foot since his bike was damaged in an accident, as well as engaging in a daredevil downhill attack.

In 2017, Froome won Tour de France title again and later became the first British rider to win the Vuelta a España. He also was the first rider in the most recent four decades to win those two races in the same year. But he failed a drug test during the later race since his urine showed to have had double the allowed amount of the asthma drug salbutamol. Froome claimed that he had increased the dosage when his asthma was worsened, he hadn’t surpassed the permitted amount.

Due to that, an investigation was launched subsequently while Froome was allowed to continue competing. In May 2018, he continued to make history by winning the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia) and became the third cyclist to win three Grand Tours consecutively. The doping case against Froome was dropped two months later.

While competing in the Critérium du Dauphiné in France in June 2019, he was involved in a serious crash causing him several injuries, including a broken hip. He couldn’t come back to racing until February 2020, when he competed in the UAE Tour, which was then canceled mid-race due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When it comes to Olympic competition, Froome won consecutive bronze medals in the men’s time trial at the London Games in 2012 and the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016. His autobiography, The Climb, was published in 2014 and he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2016.

Andrea Pirlo Biography

Today, we will continue learning about the biography of Andrea Pirlo, an Italian professional football player. 

Childhood & Early Life

Andrea Pirlo was born in Flero commune, Brescia province, Italy, on May 19, 1979. His partners are Luigi and Lidia. Andrea Pirlo has only a brother named Ivan.

When growing up, Andrea Pirlo used to play football with his brother and friends in the seaside resort Viareggio in Tuscany, where his family spent on the holidays.

He attracted international attention for the first time when he and his team, ‘Voluntas Brescia U15s,’ took part in the 1992 Dana Cup when he was 13 years old. The teams went to the semi-finals before being knocked out.

Awards & Achievements

In 2014, Andrea Pirlo was awarded the “Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the rank of a Knight. Two years later, he was honored at the “Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana,” the rank of an Officer.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Pirlo won the Bronze Ball and the Top Assist Provider award.

Notably, he received the 2011-2012 Pallone d’Argento for having the fairest play and for football talent, sporting correctness, good morality, and for generosity towards the weak. Such titles were judged by the Italian Sports Press Union (Unione Stampa Sportiva Italiana or USSI).

He was lauded as the Serie A Footballer of the Year for the 2012-2014 period.

Personal Life & Legacy

Andrea Pirlo got married to Deborah Roversi in 2001. They have two kids, including a son Niccolo bin 2003 and daughter Angela in 2006. However, they suddenly divorced in 2014 after over a decade of marriage. Some sources said that Andrea Pirlo had an affair with a real-estate agent named Valentina Baldini, who he met at his golf club.

Earlier on April 30, 2013, he published his Valentina Baldini autobiography “Penso Quindi Gioco,” which means “I Think, Therefore I Play.” With the endlessly quotable and a charm, the book was welcomed by critics and fans.

Chris Froome Biography (part 1)

Born: May 20, 1985, Nairobi

Nationality: British, Kenya, South African

Team: Team INEOS

Chris Froome, in full Christopher Clive Froome, is a Kenyan-born British cyclist. He has won the Tour de France for four times (in 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017).

Froome was born in Nairobi to British parents. When his father filed for bankruptcy, his parents divorced. He moved to South Africa with his mother, who encouraged his riding. He started training at the age of 12 with Kenyan cyclist David Kinjah, who included Froome in excursions with older native Kenyan riders through the dusty rural highlands near Nairobi. After studying economics for two years at the University of Johannesburg, he decided to pursue a cycling career, unlike his two brothers who were both accountants.

In 2007, the 22-year-old Froome turned professional and raced for the South African Team Konica Minolta. One year later, he joined the South African-sponsored cycling Team Barloworld to compete in the Tour de France, where he finished 84th.

Froome was attended by Rod Ellingworth, a British coach, who was impressed by his climbing skills. Ellingworth was willing to overlook his inexperience and tendency to crash during twisty Alpine descents. Froome raced for Kenya but also held a British passport, so Ellingworth encouraged him to apply for a British racing license in order to benefit from the experience of British teams. In 2010, Froome joined Team Sky but he suffered from the effects of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease, for much of that year. In 2011, he finished second in the Tour of Spain (Vuelta a España), and the year after, he placed behind Bradley Wiggins, the British Team Sky winner, in the Tour de France.

In 2013, Froome won his first Tour de France, received the Velo d’Or award for best rider of the year, and was also designated leader of Team Sky. Two years later, he won the Tour de France again.

Roger Federer Biography

Roger Federer, a Swiss tennis player, was born on August 8, 1981, in Basel to Robert Federer and Lynette Federer. Raised up as Roman Catholic, Federer played tennis and soccer at an early age.

Although all his family members enjoyed the game, he was the only one to show promise of making it big. When he was 11 years old, Roger Federer became one of the Top 3 Junior Tennis Players in Switzerland.

When he was 14 years old, Federer began playing tournaments and practicing to become a professional tennis player. Thanks to his efforts, he won the “National Junior Championship” in Switzerland after that.

His talents and playing skills helped him gain sponsorship at the Swiss National Tennis Center. In 1996, he participated in the International Tennis Federation junior tennis circuit. 

Before launching himself professionally, Federer left his mark as an amateur by winning the Orange Bowl and the junior Wimbledon title in 1998. 

Awards & Achievements

In 2003-2018, Federer was felicitated with the Fans’ Favorite Award by the

He won the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for 13 seasons from 2004 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2017 thanks to the votes of his colleagues, rivals, and competitors.

Federer was a proud recipient of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award for five occasions from 2005 to 2008 and in 2018.

He also gained the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006 and 2013.

Personal Life & Legacy

Roger Federer got married to a former member of the Women’s Tennis Associations Mirka Vavrinec, on April 11, 2009 after they had met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

The couple had their first identical twins namely Myla Rose and Charlene Riva on July 23, 2009 and another set of twins namely Lenny and Leo on May 6, 2014.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Biography

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a famous Gabonese football player, was born in France on June 18, 1989. He started playing football at the age of six and was described as a superhuman speed since he was young. He and his two brothers used to spend hours playing football in their house and on-road. Then, both also pursued a career in professional football.

In 2007, he gained the first chance to participate in Milan’s youth team. His team achieved the fourth position in the opening Champions Youth Cup in Malaysia. During the season, he scored six goals and attracted the attention of many talent scouts.

In a bid to earn more experience, Pierre took part in the Dijon team in France. When he was 18 years old, he turned out one of the leading goal scorers for his team in Coup de la Ligue.

In 2011, he signed a permanent deal with Saint Etienne, the first major deal of his career. By February 2012, he proved his worth by having a hat-trick at a match with Lorient. He ended up the Couple de la Ligue with 16 goals, halving the total scored by his team.

In the next season, Pierre achieved the continuous success after having ranked the second top goal scorer with 19 goals in 37 games.

In July 2013, Pierre made his debut for Dortmund in a match against Bayern Munich in DFL-Supercup. He then made his debut for Bundesliga in a competition against FC Augsburg and won a hat-trick. It was the first time a Gabonese player has ever played in Bundesliga.

In July 2015, he decided to extend his contract with his team until 2020 and vowed that he would never want to leave it. By September 2015, he had become the first player of the Bundesliga history to score goals in the first six consecutive matches.

However, he broke some rules in the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season and had to suspend from the team.

To know more about the next steps of Pierre’s career, please wait for another article.

Michael Phelps Biography (part 1)

2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia

In 2000, the 15-year-old Michael Phelps became the youngest American male swimmer to participate in an Olympics in 68 years. Although he didn’t win a medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, he would soon become a major force in professional swimming.

First World Records

In 2001, setting the world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the age of 15 years and 9 months, Phelps became the youngest male swimmer to ever set a world record. At the 2001 World Championships in Japan, Phelps broke his own record with a time of 1:54:58 and earned his first international medal.

At the 2002 U.S. Summer Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phelps continued to set new world record for the 400-meter individual medley and new U.S. records as well. In 2003, at the same event, Phelps broke his own world record with a time of 4:09.09 in the 400-meter individual medley.

Just after graduating from Towson in 2003 when he was 17 years old, Phelps set five world records, consisting of the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 1:56:04 at the World Championships in Barcelona. During the U.S. trials for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, he broke his own world record once again in the 400 meter individual medley with a time of 4:08:41.

2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece

The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens witnessed Phelps become a superstar after winning eight medals (six gold), tying with Soviet gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin for the most medals in a single Olympics.

2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Phelps won his 14th gold medal, the most gold won by any Olympian. By winning eight gold medals, he also set the world record for the most gold medals won in a single Olympics.

2012 Summer Olympics in London, the UK

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Phelps set a new record for most Olympic medals after winning a total of 22 medals.

Temporary Retirement in 2012

After the 2012 London Olympic Games, Phelps announced his retirement from swimming but gave some indication of a possible return in 2013. In April 2014, Phelps announced his plans to come back at the Mesa Grand Prix in Arizona.

2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

On June 29, 2016, the world saw Phelps celebrated a hot comeback as he became the first American male swimmer to have a spot on five Olympic teams. We then saw the Olympic legend break history from the stands in Rio.

Michael Phelps Biography (part 1)

Michael Fred Phelps is an American swimmer who currently holds the world record for the most Olympics medals won by any athlete at 28. He has won 23 gold medals and 13 individual golds. Phelps was the first male swimmer to earn a spot on five Olympic teams of the US and also made history as the oldest individual gold medalist in the history of Olympic swimming at the age of 28.

Early Life and Family

Michael Phelps was born in 1985 in Maryland. His father was an all-around athlete and his mother was a middle-school principal. When his parents divorced in 1994, he lived with his mother and his two older sisters, Whitney (born 1978) and Hilary (born 1980).

Phelps started swimming when his two sisters joined a local swimming team. In 1996, Whitney tried out for the U.S. Olympic team at the age of 15, but her career was derailed due to injuries. Since the 7-year-old boy was still a little scared to be underwater, his instructors allowed him to float around on his back. The first stroke Phelps mastered was the backstroke.

Starting his dream of becoming a champion after he saw Tom Dolan and Tom Malchow compete at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games, Phelps launched his swimming career at the pool of Loyola High School. When training at the Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center, he met his coach, Bob Bowman, who immediately recognized his talents and fierce sense of competition. They started an intense training regime together. Phelps had made the U.S. National B Team by 1999.

University of Michigan

Phelps followed Bob Bowman to the University of Michigan, where Bowman coached the Wolverines’ swim team. There he studied sports marketing and management, meanwhile, continued to establish world records at the Pan Pacific Championships in Victoria in 2006 and the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, in 2007.