G.O.A.T. Athletes: The Definitive List

Today, we end all debates. Surveying eight major sports, we crowned the Greatest Of All Time to put to rest any and all bar arguments or Twitter beefs about who is the best to ever do it in basketball, football, baseball, soccer, tennis, boxing, wrestling, and MMA.


After watching one blistering punch after another find its mark, the referee had no choice but to step in and put an end to the carnage. He hugged Conor McGregor, waved his hands to signal it was over. With 1:05 in the 10th round of his 50th fight, Floyd ​“Money” Mayweather had officially attained immortal status.

Last Saturday in Las Vegas, Mayweather—the richest boxer the sport has ever seen fighting in the richest bout the world has ever seen—did what he was expected to do—dispatch McGregor. In the process, he set another mark that may never be equaled: passing the great Rocky Marciano and the heavyweight’s 49-0 record.

But does that make Mayweather boxing’s GOAT? To some, yes. Many would argue that a perfect record is analogous to an athlete’s greatness. Others, like us, would say the debate is much more nuanced than that.

The acronym GOAT—Greatest Of All Time—gets thrown around rather casually these days, but we felt it was the right time to settle any and all arguments about who is truly THE god in eight of the most popular sports.

The task was simple: Make the case for why so-and-so deserves GOAT status and make no apologies for your choice. While crowning the GOAT in basketball, baseball, and tennis, for instance, was rather easy, we found that anointing the best of the best in wrestling and football, on the other hand, was much more difficult.

So peep our list and fight us on our selections if you must, but we’re confident that these eight have proven themselves to be above and beyond anyone else in their respective sports. In the case of six of them, we should all bow down to these gods living among us mere mortals.

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