What does it necessarily mean to be dominant in sports? This is a list of top 10 persons dominating the present generation sports which begs your answer, what makes someone a dominant sportsperson? Though we might not have a standard response that would satisfy each and every soul reading this, so let us for the sake of this list define dominating a sport as what Don Bradman did in cricket, Pele did in football and Michael Phelps did in swimming. Now someone like a Bradman, Pele or Phelps is highly impossible because they all are legends of their sport but we do have others who are equally doing the same in other sports and are moving forward in the path of attaining legendary status, so here comes the list of dominant sportsperson of the present generation
10. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Born as Floyd Joy Sinclair on 24th February 1977, Floyd Mayweather is a professional American boxer. He won a total of eight world titles and is also a five-division world champion. He is a WBC welterweight champion and won the WBC super welterweight champion and backed it with a stunning win the WBA super welterweight championship. He is currently ranked 1 in the welterweight and won the fighter of the year award and many other prestigious boxing awards in his professional boxing career but his undefeated streak is what stands out and makes him the most dominant boxer of his time, his boxing record of 45 fights-45 wins of which 26 are knockouts make him undeniably the greatest.
9. Lindsey Vonn
An American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn is mostly unknown to the world and even to me before I started to google it and research a bit about this topic. Born on October 18th, 1984 she represents the U.S.A team in the world cup. Lindsey Vonn won four overall ski racing world cups of which three were consecutive from 2008-2010. She also has six world cup titles in the downhill discipline and they were won consecutively from 2008-2013, Lindsey Vonn also has four consecutive Super G titles to her name. She has won the world cup race titles in all the 5 disciplines and stands as one of the most successful skier in the games history. In my opinion Lindsey is the greatest athlete and the most dominating sportsperson in the present day world.
8. Virat Kohli
When asked who he think has it within him to break his records, Sachin Tendulkar smiled and replied may be Virat Kohli, Now Sachin might not had said that unless having seen his love, commitment and passion for the game. Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer born on November 5th 1988. He captained the winning Indian team at the U-19 world cup Malaysia in 2008. Virat Kohli is the fastest cricketer to score 17 international hundreds and he is the only batsman to score 50+ runs consecutively five times on 2 different occasions. Virat Kohli is considered as the next big thing in the Indian cricket and is expected to take the mantle of captaincy in the near future. Virat Kohli has been accumulating runs consistently over the years scoring 1000+ runs in a single calendar year since 2011 to 2013. He is so dominant in the cricket field that the opposition finds it very difficult to get him out and consider run out as the only and the best option to send this run machine back to the pavilion.
7. LeBron James
Born LeBron Raymone James on 30th December 1984, this American professional basketball player showed natural talent for basketball at an early age and earned reputation as a child prodigy in the game. Due to his mastery with the ball he was recruited by St Vincent-St Mary High school in 1999 for their basketball team. During his stay at the school he won many laurels for himself and the school with the Division III state title being the prominent one of them. He was picked in the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and in the 2003-04 season he became the youngest player of all time to win the NBA Rookie of the year award thanks to his average of 20 points per match. He moved to Miami Heats in 2010 and won two NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 earning him final MVP awards both the time and he was also a part of the NBA all star game. LeBron James was also part of the U.S.A basketball team that won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics. His stats and built-in leadership qualities is what makes him the best player of in the NBA today.
6. Luciana Aymar
Luciana Paula Aymar was born on August 10th in the year 1977 and she is a professional field hockey player representing Argentina. She is to hockey what Diego Maradona or Pele is to Football maybe that’s why Argentine people call her “La Maradona del hockey”, comparing her to the great Maradona and that is probably fair because no other modern day or even earlier players have dominated the women’s field hockey like that of Luciana Aymar. Luciana Aymar is the only player in the history of the women’s field hockey to have received the FIH world player of the year award an unprecedented 8 times. She also won two silver medals in the 2000 and 2012 Olympic Games and two bronze medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games along with two world cup gold medals in 2002 and 2010 and a bronze in the 2006 world cup.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Born as Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on 5th February 1985, Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese Football player and also plays for the club Real Madrid based in Spain. The highest paid footballer in the world he etched his name in the history by virtue of his transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid which was worth a whopping $131.6 million. Regarded as one of the best ever football player Ronaldo is a Ballon d’Or winner in the year 2008. He debuted for his country Portugal in the year 2003 playing against Kazakhstan and played in top level tournaments like UEFA Euro 2004, 2008, 2012 and FIFA world cup 2006 and 2012 scoring 47 goals which is the joint highest for his country. His club record is even more amazing as he is the first European league player to reach 40 or more goals in a single season, he is also the fastest Real Madrid to reach the milestone of 100 goals. He also holds the record for most number of goals scored by a Real Madrid player in a season and also scored his 300th club goal recently. Records apart Cristiano Ronaldo is a proven match winner and makes it to the list of dominating sports persons of present generation.
4. Rafael Nadal
Born as Rafael Nadal Parera on 3rd June, 1986 and also known as “Rafa”, Rafael Nadal is a professional tennis player from Spain. Although he plays left handed he writes with the right hand. Nadal’s heroics in the clay court earned him the nickname “King of clay” and he is also considered the greatest player ever to play tennis on clay courts. With a total of 61 titles and 13 grand slam wins and an Olympic gold medal won in the 2008 games. In 2010 he became the youngest player to win a career grand slam, he is also the only player after Andre Agassi to successfully complete a career golden slam and the only player to win a grand slam a total of eight times after winning the 2013 French Open. Rafael Nadal is considered one of the tennis greats and it is no surprise he finds himself in the list of top 10 dominating sports persons of present era.
3. Sebastian Vettel
Born on 3rd July 1987 Sebastian Vettel is a F1 racer from Germany who is presently racing for the Red Bull racing team. Sebastian Vettel made his debut his F1 debut in the U.S grand prix in the year 2007 racing for the BMW Sauber team. He moved to Red Bull in the year 2009 and since then he won four consecutive F1 championships from 2010-2013. He holds many youngest F1 drivers records with the youngest driver to win a grand prix, youngest grand prix pole position, youngest driver at a grand prix and youngest driver to score points in F1 history. Vettel also holds the all time record of most championship points in a season, most wins in a season, most number of pole positions in a season and most consecutive wins. His stats and racing style made many of the critics and commentators compare him to the fellow countryman and F1 racing legend Michael Schumacher. In the present time he is the most successful and the most dominant Formula1 racer in the world.
2. Lionel Messi
If football is a religion for the fans then Lionel Messi is there god, the ultimate heir to the throne left vacant by the legendary Diego Maradona who himself once said for me “Messi is my Maradona”, he made his club debut for FC Barcelona on 16th October, 2004 aged 17 years against Espanyol and since then there was no looking back. In 2009 Messi won his first Ballon d’Or award and also the first FIFA world player of the year award a feat which he repeated three more times in the next coming years. He is the captain of Argentina’s football team with whom he won the 2008 Olympic gold and silver in 2007 Copa America. Messi is Barcelona’s leading goal scorer and the youngest to reach 200 La Liga goals. Messi holds the record for scoring five goals in a match in a Champions league match and also the European record for most goals in a single season with 73 goals in 2011-12 and La Liga record with 50 goals in single season. With the four FIFA world player of the year award, four Ballon d’Or, three Euro Golden shoe award, UEFA champions league, UEFA super cups and six La Ligas combined with classic ball skills and lethal attacks which are second to none make Lionel Messi the best player of his time, or perhaps of all-time.
1. Usain Bolt
Say speed and the lightning fast thunder Bolt comes to our mind, true to his name Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man on Earth. Born as Usain St. Leo Bolt on August 21st 1986 he is a Jamaican sprinter with a natural yet extraordinary ability to run fast. Usain Bolt holds the world record in both the 100m and 200m and he is the Olympic champion in both the 100m and 200m winning them in record times in the 2008 Olympic Games and he also won the 4X100 relay gold along with his team also in a record time. As this was not enough he repeated the feat in the 2012 Olympics taking his sprinting tally to 6 gold medals which none before him had done making him the first in the history to win a “double double” . Usain Bolt is an 8-time world champion and his 100m time is 9.58 that he set in the 2009 world championship. There have been none who matched his caliber and there are none in his time making him the most dominant of his era.