Is it fair to compare greats from different sports?
I just came across an interesting blog on the bleacher report comparing the greatness of Roger Federer and Tiger Woods.
Here in Italy, the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper has been running a series called “Impossible duels” where the likes of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt have gone up against each other in a bizarre statistical battle.
But if there is even a debate about whether we can say Federer is the greatest player in tennis, how can we start to compare across sports?
We can talk about desire, mental toughness etc but the sports are so radically different.
Despite my doubts, here goes. Who was/is the greatest sports personality ever?
CAPTION: Can you name all the sporting figures in this photo?