Daniel's Page of Sporting Masters

Danielís Sporting Masters

 

This is my attempt at selecting teams made up of players whom I believe have been the best in their chosen sport since I started watching top level sport in around 1985 or so. The only criterion here is outstanding performance Ė a term that we all believe that we understand but use to mean quite different things. Generally speaking, my idea of who the best players are is based on who has the highest peaks. That is, a player who is consistently very good is not as good as a player who doesnít always reach his or her peak but when they do, itís worth the wait.

 

 

CRICKET

 

Michael Slater

Matthew Hayden

Ricky Ponting

V.V.S. Laxman

Brian Lara

*Stephen Fleming

Richard Hadlee

Wasim Akram

+Jack Russell

Shane Warne

Malcolm Marshall

 

Desmond Haynes

Richie Richardson

Ian Healy

Andrew Flintoff

Curtley Ambrose

Harbhajan Singh

 

 

FOOTBALL

 

1. Peter Schmeichel

2. Lilian Thuram

3. *Paolo Maldini

4. +Ronald Koeman

5. Laurent Blanc

6. Zinedine Zidane

7. Figo

8. Diego Maradona

9. Ronaldo

10. Roberto Baggio

11. Gheorghe Hagi

 

12. Oliver Kahn

13. Andreas Brehme

14. Ronaldinho

15. Ryan Giggs

16. Romario

 

 

RUGBY LEAGUE

 

1. Darren Lockyer

2. Nathan Blacklock

3. Matthew Gidley

4. +Michael OíConnor

5. Wendell Sailor

6. Cliff Lyons

7. *Andrew Johns

8. Shane Webcke

9. Ben Elias

10. Steve Price

11. Gorden Tallis

12. Ben Kennedy

13. Wayne Pearce

 

14. Allan Langer

15. Trevor Gillmeister

16. Sam Backo

17. Glenn Lazarus

 

 

RUGBY UNION

 

15. +Matthew Burke

14. David Campese

13. Tana Umaga

12. Tim Horan

11. Jonah Lomu

10. Stephen Larkham

9. George Gregan

8. Zinzan Brooke

7. Josh Kronfeld

6. Michael Jones

5. *John Eales

4. Ian Jones

3. Olo Brown

2. Keith Wood

1. Os du Randt

 

22. Andre Joubert

21. Jonny Wilkinson

20. Agustin Pichot

19. Toutai Kefu

18. Martin Johnson

17. Patricio Noriega

16. Phil Kearns

 

 

TENNIS

 

Davis Cup Team

Singles: Roger Federer; Pete Sampras

Doubles: Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde

 

Fed Cup Team

Singles: Steffi Graf; Martina Hingis

Doubles: Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver

 

 

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