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Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest athlete of all time


Goal.com - In our poll the Real Madrid star beat out competition from the likes of Lionel Messi, Pele, Muhammad Ali, Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps

RONALDO THE GREATEST EVER
Cristiano Ronaldo: 30.33%
Lionel Messi 16.09%
Muhammad Ali 14.39%
Michael Jordan 11.08%
Usain Bolt 5.33%
Pele 4.60%
Roger Federer 4.26%
Michael Phelps 3.58%
Diego Maradona 3.45%
Sachin Tendulkar 3.39%
Other 3.45%

Goal readers have named Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest athlete of all-time, with almost twice the number of votes won by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo was a comfortable winner in our poll that included the likes Pele and Diego Maradona alongside basketball star Michael Jordan, tennis great Roger Federer, sprinter Usain Bolt and boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The Portugal international has banged in 19 goals in just 11 appearances this season and his agent Jorge Mendes recently stated his belief that the 29-year-old is worth even more than his release clause of €1 billion.

"In addition to being the best footballer in history, he is the greatest athlete of all-time," stated Mendes. And Goal readers agreed, as Ronaldo pulled in 30% of votes cast.

Messi finished second with 16% of the vote, narrowly beating out competition from boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Six-time NBA champion and NBA-finals MVP Michael Jordan came in fourth, with more than twice as many votes as the fastest man ever, six-time Olympic gold medal-winner Usain Bolt.

Pele and Diego Maradona managed just 10% of the vote between them.

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