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Bolt, Phelps, Federer, Maradona, Ali benchmarks for everyone: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India Sourav Ganguly said it was difficult to pick the greatest of all time from India Today’s selection of Muhammad Ali, Diego Maradona, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. However, Ganguly said the five were the brands of their respective sports and benchmarks for everyone.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It’s so hard to say which champion is bigger than the other – These are what champions made of. They are champions because they choose when to finish,” Ganguly told India Today when asked to pick his greatest of the five. “Ali, Maradona, Federer, Bolt and Phelps are all champions. It’s hard to pick who is bigger than the other.”Reuters PhotoGanguly said the five would be remembered for their efforts for the next several years.”They are five different sports and they are brands of the sports and will continue to remain for the next 50, 60 or 100 years – just like Bradman in cricket,” he said. In terms of achievement, they are all on the same page.Bolt’s 100 metres springing career finally came to an end on Saturday at the World Championships in London.The Jamaican could not bow out on a high but he certainly gave the fans a great time before leaving the arena.Bolt finished third to Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the race to go out with a bronze. Now he has 34 medals in international competitions. Out of which 25 of them are gold, seven silvers and two bronze. He finished with a whopping 75 per cent gold tally, followed by 20 per cent silver and six per cent bronze.advertisementFederer recently won his eighth Wimbledon and 19th majors title to create history in men’s tennis. Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals.Reuters PhotoHowever, Ganguly was sure about one choice. Asked to pick the greatest of the two footballers Maradona and Pele, Dada chose the Argentinean.”I’ll always say Maradona. I’ve been blunt about it. People always say why does Sourav always take a side in life? Why can’t Sourav be in the middle and not get criticised by people around the world? But that’s the way I am. I take a decision and I’ve given my decision. I’ve given my decision with honesty, with what I feel and hopefully everyone will respect that. There’s nothing more to it except for what I see with my own eyes. When I see Pele and Maradona play together…my eye tells my mind that the man with the left foot is probably the greatest in the world. I’ll keep that thought right throughout and I’ve said that before,” said Ganguly.Reuters Photo”That doesn’t make Pele a smaller player. There are no hard feelings but for me it is the man with the left foot because when I saw him in 87…the game against England. I just felt that nobody could play better football than he did,” he added.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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