The pantheon of British sports stars is certainly impressive. No matter where you look you see giants like Lennox Lewis and Andy Murray. We have sports stars in every field, every discipline and every sport to boast our abilities as a nation. Some of our nation’s greatest sports stars are the embodiment of the idea that a machine is greater than the sum of its parts. Here are 5 of the greatest team sports stars Britain has produced which have inspired awe in us over the years, while striking fear in the heart of the enemy teams.
We simply couldn’t start a list like this without Bobby Moore taking pride of place. Not only was Bobby Moore one of the best defenders of all time, he was a fine captain of the English football team. He took to the pitch with charm and grace 108 times for his country, playing every single minute of each of those matches. Oh, and he won the World Cup for England too.
Martin Johnson is one of the finest rugby players our nation has ever seen, leading the English team to World Cup victory back in 2003. Whichever team Martin Johnson graced, be it his home team of Leicester to the British and Irish Lions, his team almost always seemed to win.
There are few footballers as talented as George Best. Football’s first celebrity and an all-round genuinely nice guy, Best won stardom simply for being the best at what he did, and what he did was dance around the opponents and score beautiful, beautiful goals against them. In fact, we’d go so far as to say he’s one of the reasons Manchester United is so famous around the world today.
Sir Ian Botham
So far our list of sports has been decidedly British, and there are few sports more British than cricket. Sir Ian Botham is one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played for England, and one of the most idolised cricketers around the world. His showmanship and swagger as he took wickets and racked up runs really did make him a fan favourite, both during his time playing and beyond. He has held the record of 149 runs at Headingley since the 1981 series with Australia – a contest which shall forever be remembered as Botham’s Ashes.
Sir Steve Redgrave
Our final Brit in the list of the top team sports starts ever to grace the British Isles is none other than Sir Steve Redgrave – an Olympian who took the goods home for Britain five times. In a row. On top of all that, he’s also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals and nine World championship golds over his career. Not only does that make him one of the best rowers who ever lived, but he’s testament that age is no barrier to greatness. He won his fifth gold medal in Sydney when he was 38.
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