According to a series of online polls conducted by Give Me Sport Argentina Football Player Lionel Messi is the greatest sportsperson of all time. Lionel Messi emerged on top, beating out a list of historical sporting icons like legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, tennis ace Roger Federer, golf maverick Tiger Woods and, of course, arch footballing rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
The entire poll was conducted in a tournament format with a group stage and a knockout stage. The winner from each group then progressed through to the semi-finals and then eventually to the final, where the winner was decided. Roger Federer (Group One), Lionel Messi (Group Two), Cristiano Ronaldo (Group Three) and Muhammad Ali (Group Four) were the winners of Round One, and all four of them progressed to the semi-finals.
Messi took on Serena Wiliams, Pele and Michael Jordan in the semi-finals, while Ronaldo was pitted against Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps and Roger Federer. Eventually, it was Messi and Ali who progressed to enter the finals. After an extremely close battle, Messi emerged victorious by claiming 51% of the 240,800 votes received on Facebook.
16 legends entered. Two remain.
The greatest sportsperson in history, who you got? ?
— GiveMeSport (@GiveMeSport) April 21, 2019