Sports Fan Asks Who the Greatest Athlete Ever Is, Draws Mixed Response

Sports Fan Asks Who the Greatest Athlete Ever Is, Draws Mixed Response

Keba Mothoagae
January 11, 2022 at 2:56 PM
  • An age-old debate has taken place between sports enthusiasts about who the greatest ever athlete is
  • @Shaun_Analytics on Twitter posed the question, and the debate unfolded without the typical devolution into abuse and insults that usually occur online
  • Giving the reasons for their choices, respondents picked the usual suspects, though some names would not be particularly familiar to locals

An unusually respectful and profound debate has started by a South African Twitter user has provided interesting replies by followers and passers-by.

@Shaun_Analytics asked who the greatest athlete those interested had ever witnessed had ever witnessed and to give a brief reason why. The question is an age-old one, but unfortunately, usually raises temperatures when respondents decide to participate.

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Usain Bolt (left), Muhammad Ali (top) and Michael Phelps (bottom). Image source: Ian MacNicol Odd Andersen/Getty Images
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However, things were a lot more peaceful this time around. He started of with his opinion, saying:

"I personally would say Usain Bolt and to me it's obvious. Man is literally the fastest human ever. No person has not tried running, so he's competed with 7+ billion people and came out tops. Crazy. Michael Phelps and Eliud Kipchoge would be my honourable mentions."

@nazeerhoosen replied:

"Muhammed Ali. Heavyweight that moved like a lightweight. Mic work ahead of its time and an immense human being."

@TheRugbyCat chose an ice hockey player:

"I think my favourite stat of Wayne Gretzky is the fact that he has more assists than any other player has total points. It's absolutely BANANAS how good he was. Nobody has come close since."

@KevinGFerreira reasoned:

"I think where an individual is able to completely dominate and direct a team sport with some of the greatest athletes, then that counts for more than an individual sport. Michael Jordan achieved individual greatness but also made the best team in the world."

@Gribbler79 added:

"Donald Bradman. No other sportsperson has been as far ahead of the rest of the field as he was."

@over_stepped joked:

"Sonny Bill Williams cannot be far away, achievements (world cups) across league, union and boxing... and have you ever seen a finer pair of quadriceps on a man?"

Usain Bolt slams Man Utd over player's treatment, missing out on manager

Usain Bolt might enjoy adulation as one of the greatest athletes of all time, but he is a sports fan just like all of us.

As reported on Sports Brief, the legendary Jamaican sprinter also tends to vent about his favourite football team Manchester United.

He has been critical of developments at the club in recent times, from coaching appointments to defending a player who enjoys a level of greatness comparable to himself.

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