Lionel Messi ignored as Ronaldo, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt named in top 10 sporting GOATs

Lionel Messi ignored as Ronaldo, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt named in top 10 sporting GOATs

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:44 PM
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- Lionel Messi has been ignored in the top 10 sporting GOATs according to Piers Morgan

- Cristiano Ronaldo, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt are all listed by the Daily Mirror editor

- Morgan says those he mentioned are the supreme elites and greatest in their respective sports

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Lionel Messi, as well as superstar Tom Brady, have missed out in the top 10 shortlist of the sporting Greatest Of All Time according to Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan via SPORTbible.

Despite boasting six Ballon d’Or titles and one ahead of eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi has failed to make the top 10 list provided by Morgan.

Also, the 43-year-old Brady who captured his seventh Super Bowl ring helping Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida was not included.

According to Morgan, his personal top 10 eclipsed him (Brady) in terms of dominance in their respective sport or pure genius.

The ex-Daily Mirror editor also said that Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is ahead of Messi, Pele, Diego Maradona and a host of others.

Morgan added:

"A supreme athlete and phenomenal competitor, who has won trophies in four different countries, Cristiano is the best real footballer to ever lace his boots."

Below are Morgan's top 10 picks for sporting GOATs:

10. Ayrton Senna (F1/racing driver)

9. Wayne Gretzky (NHL/ice hockey)

8. Michael Phelps (swimmer)

7. Roger Federer (tennis)

6. Tiger Woods (golf)

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (football)

4. Usain Bolt (sprinter)

3. Muhammad Ali (boxing)

2. Michael Jordan (NBA/basketball)

1. Sir Don Bradman (cricket)

Lionel Messi ignored as Ronaldo, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt named in top 10 sporting GOATs
Lionel Messi ignored as Ronaldomakes top 10 sporting GOATs. Photo: Alessandro Sabattini
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And despite his impressive number of goals from direct free-kicks, Messi is still behind several players in the list of top ten players who have scored directly from a set-piece.

The Barcelona captain ranks higher than his fiercest rival Cristiano Ronaldo in this department.

Paris Saint-Germain star Ander Herrera believes Financial Fair Play (FFP) could hinder the club's quest to land Lionel Messi from Barcelona.

The Argentine is in the last few months of his contract at the Camp Nou and is set to become a free agent this summer. earlier reported that PSG and Man City are the leading clubs vying for the 33-year-old's signature but Herrera doubts if an agreement would be reached without breaking the FFP rules.

Babajide is a digital publishing expert, an avid sports content thinker, researcher and writer. He is a graduate of Guidance and Counselling, having bagged his B.SC (ED) from the Ekiti State University.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.