The Most Dominant Athletes Of The Last Two Decades

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of “ESPN – The Magazine” and, to celebrate, they’ve given us all something to bitterly argue about. Here now are their 20 Most-Dominant Athletes of The Last 20 Years.

  • Tiger Woods – Sure, the last nine years have been spotty, but between 1999 and 2009 who was better?
  • LeBron James – The Michael Jordan loyalists can argue rings, but the other numbers don’t lie.
  • Peyton Manning – Made it look so easy, you took it for granted.
  • Jimmie Johnson – 20 Top-10 finishes in 14 straight seasons. ‘Nuff said.
  • Roger Federer – Spent 305 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings – 237 of them consecutively.
  • Annika Sorenstam – The Tiger Woods of the LPGA.
  • Michael Schumacher – Held a lead for 15,000 miles during his Formula One Career. The next-closest was 4,000 miles below him.
  • Floyd Mayweather – You can’t lose when nobody can hit you.
  • Marta – Pele, himself, called the Brazillian soccer beast “Pele in a skirt.”
  • Usain Bolt – “The fastest human in history.”
  • Lionel Messi – He’s only 30, and his numbers are already historic.
  • Serena Williams – No one else comes close to her trophy case.
  • Lauren Jackson – Youngest ever to hit the 5,000-point mark and hit over 40% of her three’s three different seasons.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo – Only the 2nd player, behind Messi, to score 300 goals.
  • Novak Djokovic – Between 2011 and 2016 he was a monster even against Federer and Raphael Nadal.
  • Allyson Felix – The most-decorated female U.S. track & field star.
  • Barry Bonds – Baggage aside, who would you most trust with the game on the line?
  • Mike Trout – Before turning 26, he had 150 homers, 400 extra-base hits, and 150 stolen bases. No one else can match that.
  • Manny Pacquiao – World titles in eight different weight classes.
  • Tom Brady – More post-season wins that 27 franchises.

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