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    Who is the greatest sportsperson?

    Pretty sure it's been done before but such exercises are always fun!
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    Would help if you put the best footballer in there.
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    In truth its almost certainly Max Woosnam

    ... but I'd still go for Robin Friday

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Would help if you put the best footballer in there.
    Who? Pele?


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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    In truth its almost certainly Max Woosnam

    ... but I'd still go for Robin Friday
    Woah, I'd never heard of Max Woosnam. Shows how little I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jassy View Post
    Who? Pele?
    Yes IMO but it's up for debate.........but it is certainly not the hand ball cheating, cocaine snorting pint sized little **** that you named. I don't even think he was the best of his generation.

    I know this is a cricket forum and I'm a cricket tragic but it has to be Bradman surely?? Has any other sportsman been statistically so far ahead of his peers??

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    In truth its almost certainly Max Woosnam
    "You may not know the name Max Woosnam but his achievements dwarf those of any other sportsman Britain has produced.

    Not only did he captain Manchester City and England at football, he also won Olympic gold at tennis, was a Wimbledon champion, scored that Lord's century and notched a maximum 147 break at snooker. Oh, and he played golf off scratch too."

    Ok, that's pretty ridiculous........perhaps it's him.

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    Disappointing lack of Takeru Kobayashi in this poll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post

    I know this is a cricket forum and I'm a cricket tragic but it has to be Bradman surely?? Has any other sportsman been statistically so far ahead of his peers??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    Yes IMO but it's up for debate.........but it is certainly not the hand ball cheating, cocaine snorting pint sized little **** that you named. I don't even think he was the best of his generation.

    I know this is a cricket forum and I'm a cricket tragic but it has to be Bradman surely?? Has any other sportsman been statistically so far ahead of his peers??
    iirc there's a squash(?) player who just smashed everyone in his era in a way comparable to Bradman.
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    Well yeah Tendy is probably better than Bradman, but Bradman was 70 years ago, if he grew up in the modern era he'd still easily be the best. Though he wasn't, can understand the argument for Tendy even though I don't agree.
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    Jahingar or Jansher Khan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    I know this is a cricket forum and I'm a cricket tragic but it has to be Bradman surely?? Has any other sportsman been statistically so far ahead of his peers??
    I certainly rate Bradman as the greatest cricketer ever but cricket has evolved so much since the 1930s that it is difficult to say just how much ahead he really is of say, a Sobers or a Ponting/Tendulkar/Richards/ whoever. I for one don't think he'd average 45 more than all these blokes if they played in the same era. Also, what about a more 'rounded' cricketer like say, Sobers or Imran Khan? They are ''better'' cricketers, does that make them greater? No IMO but it is arguable.

    Also, in such a discussion are number of matches played and ODIs also a consideration? Because to a non-cricket fan, cricket can't be just test cricket. Cricket's probably unique in that regard in that it has 3 different formats. What is to say Murali and Tendulkar with most wickets and runs respectively don't have a claim? Or in a few years if Kohli/Abd dominate all 3 formats?

    I know it's all arguable but I wouldn't have the Don as the greatest sportsman ever. Title belongs to Federer IMO but I'm a fanboy and some would argue he isn't even the best tennis player or even the best male tennis player.
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    No way it's Federer - he's arguably not even the best player of his generation, let alone the best sportsperson of all time.

    Jahanghir Khan a good shout. Heather McKay (squash) another name to chuck in the mix - nearly 20 years undefeated and played hockey for Australia too.

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    There's definitely a case for Federer. Sure as I've admitted it's up for debate. 237 consecutive weeks at number 1, 77 weeks ahead of number 2...that's pretty comprehensive. Toss in most Grand Slams, most overall weeks at number 1, Olympic Singles Silver and Doubles Gold, a host of masters events and end of year championships etc, his insane semis and final appearances etc and the fact that tennis has a large fan base and is one of the most followed sports in the world (more than say, Squash) etc.

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    But then you can say half of those things, and others, about someone like Nadal too. And Nadal still has a few years left on the clock. For someone to be considered the greatest ever they need to be totally dominant over their peers (and none of this inter-generational revisionist bull****. They compete in the time they compete in and should be judged on those results), something which I don't think you can say conclusively about Federer.

    Bradman, for example, was miles ahead of his peers (and is still miles ahead of everyone that's followed) in every form of cricket that was available for him to play in, against all the opponents he was able to play against, for a long ass time. Bradman's gotta be in the top 3 imo.

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