Sky Sports put Cristiano above Messi for the top 20 athletes of the decade


Sky Sports released its ranking for the Top 20 athletes of the decade with a notable absence of Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, who is currently the world No.1, won 13 of his 19 Grand Slam titles in the last decade but it wasn’t enough to get him a spot on the list.

World No.2 Novak Djokovic made it into the ranking due to his 62 ATP tournament and 14 Grand Slam wins over the last decade. Serena Williams took the top spot, thanks to her domination of the women’s tennis.

As for football, Brazilian star Marta was placed in 16th position and Cristiano Ronaldo was third, above his rival Lionel Messi.

Lewis Hamilton was the runner up, thanks to five Formula One Drivers Championships in the last ten years.

The 20 best athletes according to Sky Sports

  1. Serena Williams (Tennis)

2. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1)
3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Footballer)
4. Leo Messi (Footballer)
5. Floyd Mayweather (Boxing)
6. Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
7. Usain Bolt (Athletics)
8. Tom Brady (NFL)
9. Lebron James (NBA)
10. Simone Biles (Gymnastics)
11. Michael Phelps (Swimming)
12. Katie Taylor (Boxing)
13. Richie McCaw (Rugby)
14. Chris Froome (Cycling)
15. Michael van Gerwen (Darts)
16. Marta (Football)
17. Ronda Rousey (UFC)
18. Virat Kohli (Cricket)
19. Allyson Felix (Athletics)
20. Rory Mcllroy (Golf)

The rest of the list contained stars from all kinds of sports, from Floyd Mayweather, who occupies the fifth place, to the golfer Rory Mcllroy, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and swimmer Michael Phelps.


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