Athletes are remarkably inspirational people as their dedication, endurance and skill can motivate people to follow their every movement being in admiration of their physical feats. Some athletes have completed some physically incredible feats surpassing all others and making them world famous. Here is a list of the top ten greatest athletes in the world.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer with the Wimbledon trophy

Federer has a huge fame across the entire world not only due to his techincally beautiful tennis playing and his record for the most title wins by a male player at Wimbledon but also for his philanthropic work across the globe. Lastly he has defied the old age rule and come back to his role of being unarguably the best male player in the world at present at the ripe age of 35.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali fights Ken Norton

As an influencer and an athlete Muhammad Ali was truly unsurpassed. He was easily one of boxing’s greatest fighters in history, excelling in heavy weight boxing. He won the world heavyweight title three times. He won 56 out of 61 fights and was a gold medallist in 1960.

Martina Navatilova

Martina Navratilova holds the trophy after winning the Wimbledon women's singles title

She has been dubbed as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She won three Australian Opens, two French Opens, four US Opens and nine Wimbledons. She was credited by her long term rival as having “supurb athleticism and aggressiveness.”


Pele poses next to his photo

Pele is perhaps the most recognizable face from the sporting world of all time. Pele scored 77 times for Brazil, while netting 619 goals for club team Santos before scoring 31 times in a brief, ground-breaking stint at New York Cosmos.

The striker became Brazil’s minister for sport in 1995 where he would fight against corruption in domestic football. He was appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1994, and he has also been a champion of environmental causes.

Ayrton Senna

Ayrton Senna puts in his earplugs

Senna is widely regarded as the greatest Formula One driver in history. He won the competition championship three times. His career tragically ended when his steering failed in San Marino and his car crashed into a wall and was killed in 1994.

He donated millions quietly to the poor of Brazil and created a charity dedicated to helping Brazilian children. His death continues to influence the world of F1, with constant safety improvements being brought in every season.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams hols the Australian Open trophy

Serena Williams is an ultimate tennis champion having won Wimbledon and Australian Open seven times, the US Open six times and the French Open three times.

She has stood up against sexism in tennis countless times, fighting for more recognition for female athletes’ achievements alongside men’s.

Micheal Phelps

Michael Phelps of the US smiles with relief after winning his 19th Olympic medal.

This swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals and is a holder of the most golds being 23. His greatness begun when he qualified for the USA team in 2000 at just 15 and his Olympic dynasty stretched from 2000 to 2016.

Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm celebrates a goal for USA

Hamm is perhaps the greatest female footballer of all time. Se broke new ground for the woman’s game with her record breaking exploits for USA. Hamm also held the record for most international goals by any player, male or female, at 108 strikes, before her record was broken by compatriot Abby Wambach in 2013.

Micheal Jordan

Michael Jordan plays for the Chicago Bulls.

Jordan was a six-time NBA champion and NBA finals MVP, five-time most valuable player and a two-time Olympic gold medallist. He remains as one of the worlds most famous faces for sport.

A financial juggernaut off the court, Forbes magazine ranked Jordan as the world’s 20th-most powerful celebrity in 2010, and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2016.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt races in men's 100 semis

Bolt is definitely the king of world athletics. He is well known for his mixed slick, joyous showmanship with incredible speed to break a string of world records, becoming the face of the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. He held the amazing triple triple achievement of winning and retaining the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay Olympic gold medals.