The 21st century has seen some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. From record-breaking feats to inspiring comebacks, these athletes have captured the imagination of sports fans around the globe. Here, we take a look at the top 10 greatest athletes of the 21st century.
Usain Bolt - The Jamaican sprinter is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time. Bolt has won eight Olympic gold medals and 11 World Championship gold medals. He holds the world records for the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 4x100 meters relay.
Serena Williams - The American tennis player has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era. She has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.
Michael Phelps - The American swimmer is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals (23 of them gold). He has set 39 world records over the course of his career.
Cristiano Ronaldo - The Portuguese soccer player is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He has won five Ballon d'Or awards, given to the world's best player, and has won four Champions League titles with two different clubs.
Simone Biles - The American gymnast is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time. She has won 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, including 19 gold medals.
Roger Federer - The Swiss tennis player has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in history. He has spent over 310 weeks as the world's number one ranked player.
Lebron James - The American basketball player has won four NBA championships and four NBA MVP awards. He has also won two Olympic gold medals with the United States national team.
Lionel Messi - The Argentine soccer player is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He has won seven Ballon d'Or awards and has won four Champions League titles with Barcelona.
Katie Ledecky - The American swimmer has won 15 Olympic and World Championship gold medals, including setting 14 world records. She is considered one of the greatest distance swimmers of all time.
Tom Brady - The American football quarterback is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He has won seven Super Bowl titles, the most by any player in history.
These athletes have inspired countless people around the world with their incredible performances and dedication to their sports. Their achievements have made them icons in the world of sports and they will be remembered for generations to come. #GreatestAthletesOf21stCentury