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Is Roger Federer the greatest sportsman?

Roger Federer won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon for a record-breaking eighth time at the weekend.

It is an absolutely remarkable achievement for a man who looked like he might be forced to retire 12 months ago.

At the age of 35, he is the oldest man to ever win Wimbledon, and it is a real testament to the Swiss tennis player that he has been able to look after his body so well.

He is the most likeable person on the tour in tennis circles, he speaks several different languages fluently, and he comes across as being an all-round gent.

He has won every Major possible, more times than any man before him, and he might not have stopped yet.

The debate about the greatest sportsperson of all time is a difficult one because sports differ so wildly.

Usain Bolt has to be right up there because of his incredibly chilled out personality, his world-record breaking performances, and his consistency in how he delivers during every big championship.

Muhammed Ali is in many top fives for the way he carried about himself and his achievements.

Michael Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time, so he probably has to up there, while Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are shout-outs from the world of football.

Michael Jordan, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Phil The Power Taylor, Shane Warne – there are so many names you could say that it is impossible to choose exactly one person.

A lot also depends on the sport you are interested in as well.

While it may be difficult to pin down exactly who is the best out of all these stars, what cannot be doubted is each of their ability to transcend their sport.

To an extent, each of their sports has been enhanced because of these particular athletes’ presence in those sports.

They are household names because of their personalities, and all of them will live long in the memory.

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