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The Reuters global sports blog

Is Rossi or Loeb the greatest?












MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi wrapped up his ninth motorcycling world title in Malaysia on Sunday while Sebastien Loeb bagged a record sixth world rallying crown in Britain.

The duo are the undisputed kings of their sport and both have been heavily linked with Formula One given their immense talents.

Some may see their dominance as boring but others reckon their constant will to win is the mark of real sporting greats. 

But which of the two is the best and can we even compare them across different sports?

“Doctor Rossi” gives sport an injection of charm


It is not very often, in the modern era of pampered sports celebrities who are coached before interviews and can smell a potentially endorsement-breaking question a mile off that you meet one you would like to go and have a drink with, not least one whose English is slightly ropey.

Italy’s multiple MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi bucked the trend in an interview this week, however, convincing me there was merit in the drawn-out process of setting up an exclusive audience rather than just having a management company wheel out a cardboard cut-out.Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy smiles during a news conference in Tokyo