The 41 Most Dominant Athletes of the Decade (Big 3 ranked)

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
Do you truly believe that? :p It takes a little more than googling the scoring stats to judge who was a better performer, and we know which one is so much more than those numbers.

There is Leo, and then there is everyone else. As far as the last three decades are concerned at least.
Only reason people don't unanimously go Messi Goat goes by the name of Gonzalo Higuain, who's funnily now Ronaldo's teammate
 
He was #6 for the Ballon d'Or
He made France world champions. An honour (to make his country world champions) that Messi (this year's Ballon d'Or winner and a total of 6 times winner) will never have in his lifetime. In short, oldies are going to old.

 
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Tiki-Taka

Guest
Only reason people don't unanimously go Messi Goat goes by the name of Gonzalo Higuain, who's funnily now Ronaldo's teammate
They were teammates for a few years before that screw up too. Suspicious for sure... :whistle:
 

The_Mental_Giant

Hall of Fame
Most dominant athletes of the decade has ranked Fed 4th, Rafa 10th and Djoker 15th

Slams this decade:
Djoker 15
Rafa 13
Fed 5

YE # 1 this decade:
Djoker 5
Rafa 4
Fed 0

Weeks at # 1 this decade:
Djoker 275
Rafa 155
Fed 48

WTF this decade:
Djoker 4
Fed 2
Rafa 0

M1000 this decade:
Djoker 29
Rafa 19
Fed 12

Makes perfect sense
Nadal secured already 159 Weeks at 1 in this decade.
 

The_Mental_Giant

Hall of Fame
I am actually not sure on Phelps (although he still should be far higher than Federer, and possibly over any tennis player for the decade). His dominance was much greater in the 2000s. He was actually only the best swimmer in maybe 2 years- 2016 and 2012, the 2 Olympic years, and I would even probably say it was Sun Yang in 2012. Lochte was far and away the best in 2010 and 2011, close to the best in 2012, and arguably the best in 2013. Amazingly he might even have a cast for best swimmer of the decade over Phelps, although with the importance of the Olympics and Phelps clearly doing better there (by a huge margin in 2016) it is probably him. Still I wouldn't have him at the very top for the decade. As you can tell I do have interest in Olympic sports, haha.

Biles, Bolt, and Brady clearly the Top 3 IMO. Someone like LeBron James probably after that. Djokovic somewhere in the Top 10 or Top 15 I guess, and Nadal somewhere in the Top 41 list (no idea where). Federer not even making the list most likely. given all that athletes and that he was a very distant 3rd best of the decade in his own sport.
Imo both Djokovic and Nadal should make top 10... Rafa was the most succesful mannin 2 slam venues... 8/10 RG and 4/10 US open and Wimbledon title too. 4/10YE1 is huge, and the fact that djokovic won even more speaka great of djoko performance and doesnt hurt Rafa one, with 13 slams and 4ye1 you would have been #1 in most of other decades. He also lost 4 finals in Australia and 2 yec, incouding USo and wimby finals (and we could even include 2018 wim sf as a final)

I would put djokovic in 3 or 4 and Nadal in ,6 or 7, Federer would be in the list but quite down. Other sports are overrated where 99%of players are american. Tennis is one of the 3 big world sports along Football and Basquetball, and even Basquetball is heavily american dominated, although with more players of the rest of the world in recent years.
 

The_Mental_Giant

Hall of Fame
LeBron is undoubtedly #1 but the rest of the list is a complete joke. Fed's entry reads like a parody making fun of maestronians.
Most people outside of the US dont give a damn about basketball . Tennis is way bigger sport globally, only football is bigger.
 

ForumMember

Hall of Fame
Lol Bolt at no 14??? I mean when I saw Fed at 4, ahead of Djokodal i didn't think it could be more funny but then I saw Bolt at no 14.

Make no mistake, Bolt has most dominant dominance on his field than anyone else ever had in his/her sport.
 

weakera

G.O.A.T.
Most people outside of the US dont give a damn about basketball . Tennis is way bigger sport globally, only football is bigger.
Sport popularity has nothing to do with the premise of the list. LeBron is the only choice for most dominant athlete of the decade in the sports world. No one comes close to matching his level of consistency and excellence throughout the decade. He entered the decade as arguably the best player in his sport, will leave the decade holding the same distinction and never took a one second break. The Olympians can't match the same year-in, year-out dominance from 2010-2019, nor can anyone else.

As an aside, yes basketball is more popular than tennis globally and growing faster too. It is far more popular in China, Philippines and other far Eastern countries. Revenues and ratings support this.
 
Dumb af and not just the tennis part of it...Kershaw 10 spots higher than Trout is also just madness lol.
Yes. The writer is totally unqualified to make such a list. How is kershaw ahead of trout? And fed ahead of Djokovic? And why is phelps that much higher than bolt?
 
Sport popularity has nothing to do with the premise of the list. LeBron is the only choice for most dominant athlete of the decade in the sports world. No one comes close to matching his level of consistency and excellence throughout the decade. He entered the decade as arguably the best player in his sport, will leave the decade holding the same distinction and never took a one second break. The Olympians can't match the same year-in, year-out dominance from 2010-2019, nor can anyone else.

As an aside, yes basketball is more popular than tennis globally and growing faster too. It is far more popular in China, Philippines and other far Eastern countries. Revenues and ratings support this.
I agree. Basketball is not egg football in being only popular in the usa, it is quite popular and among the top5 sports in eastern europe, germany, spain, greece and the balkan countries.
 

Lew II

G.O.A.T.
He made France world champions. An honour (to make his country world champions) that Messi (this year's Ballon d'Or winner and a total of 6 times winner) will never have in his lifetime. In short, oldies are going to old.

France won the World Cup, not Mbappe.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
He made France world champions. An honour (to make his country world champions) that Messi (this year's Ballon d'Or winner and a total of 6 times winner) will never have in his lifetime. In short, oldies are going to old.

Cristiano (aged 33) scored as many goals (4) as Mbappé in the 2018 World Cup and playing less matches. Cristiano did not win the World Cup because Portugal is a weak team, but his individual performance was even superior to Mbappé, as he scored the same number of goals with a better ratio.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
France won the World Cup, not Mbappe.
Mbappé won it as well as all the components of the French team. But that is not the point. Cristiano scored as many goals as him in the 2018 WC and played even less matches. So in terms of individual performance in the WC, Cristiano >>> Mbappé.
 

Lew II

G.O.A.T.
Mbappé won it as well as all the components of the French team. But that is not the point. Cristiano scored as many goals as him in the 2018 WC and played even less matches. So in terms of individual performance in the WC, Cristiano >>> Mbappé.
Yeah, no way Mbappe is the best in the world.

Only in his role there are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Hazard, Salah, Suarez, Lewandovski, Griezmann, Sterling, Aguero...
 
The repetition of your post shows that you are at a dead end, but it reminded me of something else. Since your argument was about the place of the oldies and you keep bringing up the rest of the France's team:

France was the shared 2nd/3rd youngest team at the World Cup in 2018.

On the other hand, Argentina was the third oldest.

Ouch.

 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
Do you truly believe that? :p It takes a little more than googling the scoring stats to judge who was a better performer, and we know which one is so much more than those numbers.

There is Leo, and then there is everyone else. As far as the last three decades are concerned at least.
At least one of them has challenged himself going to England, Italy and Spain to play, which hes winning titles and accolades. Along with international honours.

Im pretty sure if Messi went to England, he would be half the player he is in Spain.
 

PMChambers

Hall of Fame
Most dominant athletes of the decade has ranked Fed 4th, Rafa 10th and Djoker 15th

Slams this decade:
Djoker 15
Rafa 13
Fed 5

YE # 1 this decade:
Djoker 5
Rafa 4
Fed 0

Weeks at # 1 this decade:
Djoker 275
Rafa 155
Fed 48

WTF this decade:
Djoker 4
Fed 2
Rafa 0

M1000 this decade:
Djoker 29
Rafa 19
Fed 12

Makes perfect sense
It's a typo, was meant to deciment. To win 1 in 10. Out of 40 Majors Fed got 5 or 1 : 8. That's better deciment than Nole or Rafa.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
The repetition of your post shows that you are at a dead end, but it reminded me of something else. Since your argument was about the place of the oldies and you keep bringing up the rest of the France's team:

France was the shared 2nd/3rd youngest team at the World Cup in 2018.

On the other hand, Argentina was the third oldest.

Ouch.

It doesn't matter who was the youngest TEAM. You replied to the Ballon d'or comment, of the last 4 winners being over 30, with a caption of Mbappe LOL .

Once again, another pointless post.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
He made France world champions. An honour (to make his country world champions) that Messi (this year's Ballon d'Or winner and a total of 6 times winner) will never have in his lifetime. In short, oldies are going to old.

And Griezmann was their best player in the WC. This is backed by stats, not just my opinion.
;)
 
It's called reality.

It's the way the world views the tennis scene and the players in it.

I'm sorry if this disappoints you.
Lol come on now. You can't be seriously arguing that Fed was better than Djokodal this decade when he was clearly third best.
 

mehdimike

Professional
And that on a tennis forum, all the Europeans and South Americans want to talk about is soccer .. which the rest of the world has little interest in.
Honestly we - Iranians - love football as much as Europeans and South Americans.
And as far as I know most Africans and Asians are crazy about it too.
It's like the metric system in a way!!
The whole world minus the US follows it.;)
 

clout

Hall of Fame
IMO, the best male athletes of the decade are:

1. Usain Bolt (no one separated himself from the field more than this great man)

2. LeBron James (second most dominant decade by an individual player in nba history after MJ in the 90’s)

3. Michael Phelps (had it not been for his mini hiatus earlier in the decade, he could’ve been number one)

4. Novak Djokovic (most successful player in perhaps the greatest decade in tennis history; the Nole Slam was one of the decades best sporting achievements)

5. Lionel Messi (imo, he’s the football GOAT)

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (one of the GOATs of football)

7. Rafael Nadal (in any other decade prior to 2000, 2010’s Rafa would be the decades best tennis player)

8. Tom Brady (the most winningest QB of all time, and at 42, he never seems to go away)

9. Mike Trout (by far the youngest player on the list; Mike Trout at just 28 has dominanted this decade like very few before him)

10. Lewis Hamilton (certainly the greatest F1 driver of his gen, he may end up surpassing Schumacher’s records when it’s all said and done)

I’d like to hear everyone’s opinion on this list, just out of curiosity :)
 
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Tiki-Taka

Guest
At least one of them has challenged himself going to England, Italy and Spain to play, which hes winning titles and accolades. Along with international honours.

Im pretty sure if Messi went to England, he would be half the player he is in Spain.
La Pulga is way too loyal to his home to be bothered by some arbitrary challengers from the doubters. Besides, he actually did more damage against the best English teams than that other one guy, despite never playing in England himself.

If you believe so. He flourished under enough different systems in one place for me to think otherwise.
 

tonylg

Legend
For me, although I have very little interest in the Olympics, it's:

1. Bolt
2. Phelps

End of list.

Those two men dominated their popular respective sports for the decade. If you have two or more people from the same sport, then no-one dominated. If it's a team sport, then they have to basically carry their team and win everything. I don't really follow basketball, but perhaps James could sneak into third sport, but that's about it. Including anyone else means you aren't really taking about domination.
 
It doesn't matter who was the youngest TEAM. You replied to the Ballon d'or comment, of the last 4 winners being over 30, with a caption of Mbappe LOL .

Once again, another pointless post.
Football is a team sport, so that is pretty much the most important thing. It is not my fault that Lew brings in highly irrelevant argument to make a point in the old vs young debate, and it is even less my fault that you and others like to troll here by supporting him, just because I am the other side of the argument. If you can't think for yourself, don't intervene in my debates.

 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
For me, although I have very little interest in the Olympics, it's:

1. Bolt
2. Phelps

End of list.

Those two men dominated their popular respective sports for the decade. If you have two or more people from the same sport, then no-one dominated. If it's a team sport, then they have to basically carry their team and win everything. I don't really follow basketball, but perhaps James could sneak into third sport, but that's about it. Including anyone else means you aren't really taking about domination.
I agree with most of your points. What I find even stranger while talking about dominance is how dominantly US Professional Leagues are present is almost all of those lists.

1) They are all team sports of course
2) They are all niche sports except maybe Basketball without global significance.

Any Chinese or South-East Asian Table Tennis or Badminton league or some winter sports only practiced in countries with much snow could be there with the same right.

And I don’t mean that as an offense to any fan of American Football or so, but how can anyone talk about this as a serious international sport with top athletes comparable to Bolt or Phelps?

If we look at Sporcle (an otherwise great quiz site), most quizzes about “general sports” have like 5 questions: One about NFL, NBA, NHL and NBA and then one about "everything else". :-D
 

tonylg

Legend
And I don’t mean that as an offense to any fan of American Football or so, but how can anyone talk about this as a serious international sport with top athletes comparable to Bolt or Phelps?
That really is a bit silly. We have various codes of football here and a few dominant players, one who was mentioned in another thread who dominated one codes, then switched a dominated another. We have race car drivers who dominate locally, but they don't belong on a list with Bolt.

Bolt competed in the most basic of all sporting events, which every able bodied person on the planet has the opportunity to participate in. The 100 and 200 metre sprints are usually decided by hundreds of a second and high definition photograph finishes. This guy repeatedly turned up and blew the competition away, starting his party 10 metres before the finish and still setting world records.

I really have no interest in track and field, but what he did was dominate. Pure and simple. No-one else comes close.
 
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