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Who is sport’s all-time male GOAT?

Novak Djokovic ended any debate as to who is the best male tennis player in history on Sunday. The Serb defeated Russian Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final to claim his 24th Grand Slam, extending the gap to Rafal Nadal, who has 22.

Nole’s achievements are so impressive that you have to wonder if we are talking about the best male athlete in history, or GOAT – ‘Greatest Of All Time’-.

We know that comparing different sports and different eras is always complicated, so we have approached this in a way that allows MARCA readers to read about one of 10 stars, while realizing that there are many others that have been left out.

Novak Djokovic

Of the 10 male athletes selected, only three are still competing, and in the case of Tiger Woods, he does so sporadically. Messi, on the other hand, can win more titles with Argentina and in a lesser league like the MLS, so it is ‘Nole’ who has more chances to further increase his incredible record.

That includes, in addition to the aforementioned 24 majors, 390 weeks as number 1, 39 Masters 1000 victories and six Masters Cups.

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Lionel Messi

Messi left his mark when he finally won the World Cup with Argentina last year. Until then, more than a few fans were reluctant to grant him the status of world soccer GOAT in favor of Pele or Maradona.

La Pulga’ has an endless list of titles, which highlight what is a remarkable career.

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Michael Jordan

An unparalleled icon who transcended the barriers of basketball to conquer the hearts of all sports fans. Jordan led a team with almost no history, the Chicago Bulls, to six NBA titles, forever transforming a league that has since sought an heir in figures such as Kobe Bryant and Lebron James.

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Muhammad Ali

Much more than just a boxer. A genius, a symbol and a rebel who inspired several generations of African-Americans with his gestures and words. Undisputed heavyweight champion between 1964-1971, 1974-1978, and 1978-1980. No fighter, even some with better numbers, has managed to overshadow him as king of the 12 ropes.

Michael Phelps

If Phelps were a country, he would have the same Olympic golds as Ethiopia and two more than Argentina. There is no stat that explains more clearly the historical impact of the greatest Olympian of all time. Phelps has 23 golds and no other person has reached 10. The ‘Shark of Baltimore’, at the peak of his career, was able to win eight golds in Beijing 2008.

Usain Bolt

We will never know what Bolt would have been capable of with an opponent at the height of his fabulous qualities.

Nevertheless, he still managed to take the 100 meters to unparalleled heights with his 9.58 that gave so much luster to the 2009 Berlin World Championships. The Jamaican ‘Lightning’, with eight Olympic and 11 world golds, is the most influential athlete in history.

Tiger Woods

Sometimes you don’t have to be the biggest winner to be the biggest in a particular sport. Tiger is the perfect example because with his 15 majors he never managed to surpass Jack Nicklaus‘ 18. Nevertheless, his historical transcendence is such that he is spoken of as the driving force behind modern golf. With 110 victories as a professional and 683 weeks as number 1, Woods is a worthy candidate for the universal GOAT of the sport.

Tom Brady

On Sunday the New England Patriots paid a well-deserved tribute to the man who transformed a team with no pedigree to one of the most dominant dynasties in a league as competitive as the NFL. Brady won six rings with the Patriots, and at the age of 43, he was able to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to victory in the 2021 Super Bowl.

Eddy Merckx

When someone is nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’ it means that his voracity knows no bounds. Merckx lived up to that name for 18 years with 525 victories as a professional in cycling’s most successful career. The Belgian won 11 grand tours – 5 Tour, 5 Giro and one Vuelta – three world road titles and seven victories in Milan-San Remo.

Michael Schumacher

Choosing the GOAT of motor racing is no easy task, but Schumacher is certainly a deserving contender for the honor. The German was crowned king of Formula One seven times, five of them consecutively, and achieved records that not even Lewis Hamilton has been able to beat, such as his 17 podiums in the 17 races of the 2002 season or his 77 fastest laps.

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