Throughout the sporting world you have a few select individuals who transcend their genre of sport and become a national or global icon. Here are ten sporting ambassadors who have risen up among the ranks to become global sporting icons.
10. Tiger Woods
Tiger woods may have slipped in recent years due to problems in his personal life but he is still regarded as one of the greatest golfers ever.
9. Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher is a German Formula One racing driver and a 7-time world champion. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.
8. Babe Ruth
George ‘Babe’ Ruth was an American Baseball player who has been named the greatest baseball player of all time. He is often credited for boosting the popularity of Major League Baseball in the 1920’s due to his influence.
7. Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong was a professional road-racing cyclist who won the ‘Tour de France’ 7 times after surviving testicular cancer that spread to his brain and lungs.
6. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer who has won more Olympic gold medals than anyone in history with 14. He won 8 of those gold medals in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
5. Tony Hawk
Tony hawk is the most famous skateboarder in the world (largely due to his line of video games) who has won over 70 skateboarding contests including winning gold medals at the X-Games in 1995 and 1997. He was the first skateboarder to successfully complete the 900 degree spin.
4. David Beckham
Davis Beckham is the most famous football player in the world who has played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and L.A Galaxy. He has won the Champions league with Manchester united and in his international career holds the record for most outfield appearances for an England player.
3. Bruce Lee
Bruce lee is most recognized as a film star but his use of martial arts on the big screen played a significant part in the boom of people taking up martial arts in the 1970’s. He was also a martial arts instructor the founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do.
2. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and one of the most famous professional athletes in the world. He has won the NBA Championship 6 times and was renowned for his leaping and slam-dunk ability with the nickname ‘Air Jordan’. He also had a brief stint as a professional baseball player.
1. Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is the most recognized boxer of all time and the most loved and respected athlete that has ever been. He won the gold medal at the 1960 Olympic games in Rome and went on to win the heavyweight title 3 times in his career. He became world renowned after having his title stripped for his refusal to be conscripted into the US Army during the Vietnam war but won his title back after defeating George Foreman.
All of these icons can be depicted by their unique sports outfits making them globally recognized. They are all great ambassadors for the sports world and inspirational figures to many aspiring youngsters.